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High School Band Goes Back to Basics

By Mark T. Burke I just spent an hour with a high school band and WOW, they provided some great insight into music education by sharing their life as student musicians.  Background:  My task was to engage a band of about 60 members in a conversation around how to improve musical skills.  The presentation was […]

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Hybrid Classrooms: TedX Style

By Mark T. Burke Yesterday was one of the highlights of my professional career.  I was invited to speak at TedX Williamsport. Now, Williamsport and the surrounding area isn’t HUGE.  So, the event didn’t draw thousands or even hundreds.  I’ve spoken to much larger crowds, but this event was special.  The event was exciting for […]

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Me is Me and Teach is Teach

By Mark T. Burke If you hear my voice on a recording….is it me?  If you participate in a lesson I teach virtually, is it me?  If I teach live, do you get more…ME, than if I was teaching online? I’ve made an amazing discovery recently.  After years of teaching and working both live and […]

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"Live and Learn" or "Leap and Learn"

By Mark T. Burke There’s a link to music, music education and the arts here — trust me.  Read on! I’ve learned many things over the passing of time and I am grateful for the people and circumstances that have taught me those lessons. The phrase “Live and Learn” denotes that the passing of time […]

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Pull Out Lessons – No longer the lone solution for instrumental music instruction

By Mark T. Burke The bell rings, 3rd period begins and Jenn meets the teacher at the front of the class as she enters the room.  Jenn’s not going to the teacher to discuss last night’s assignment, she’s about to leave class and head to the band room.  The teacher informs her the class will […]

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It’s What Happens Between Music Lessons that Counts!

By Mark T. Burke It’s 8am and the company you work for is holding it’s weekly manager meeting. What do you talk about? It’s time for your bi-annual dentist appointment. What determines how many cavities you have?  It’s Wednesday, your weekly weight management group is meeting.  What’s the key to maintaining or loosing weight?  In […]

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Standards for Online Teaching: Do they really tell us what a great teacher is?

By Mark T. Burke I want everyone to try a little experiment.  Grab a coloring book.  Yes, a coloring book. Borrow one of your kid’s or go out and buy one.  Remember to get crayons or markers too.  Now grab some type of timing device, a stop watch, clock, etc.  Pick one of the pages […]

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Music Ed Needs eLearning…NOW! — Part 3

By Mark T. Burke Over the last few posts, I’ve covered several educational trends that demonstrate our immediate need for eLearning in music education.  These trends are not “on the horizon”, they are here, now! Post 1 covered:Trend #1 — K-12 Online Course and Program Enrollments Rising.Trend #2 — Year-Round School Post 2 covered:Trend #3 […]

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Music Ed Needs eLearning…NOW! – Part 2

By Mark T. Burke If you haven’t read Part 1, point your mouse here to review the first in this series of articles on the impact and opportunities created by several current educational trends. Article 1 covered the following: Trend #1 — K-12 Online Course and Program Enrollments Rising.Trend #2 — Year-Round School In this […]

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Music Ed Needs eLearning…NOW!

By Mark T. Burke It’s time to get us all talking about feasible, educationally sound, economically sensible approaches to ensuring the survival of music education during these times of change.  If you’ve been heads down, focused on concert prep and the school musical season, you may not be aware of several “initiatives” or trends that […]

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