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  • What a productive semester! This semester I presented at two conferences, conducted an honor band festival, wrote and/or submitted three papers, taught an overload (a writing-intensive course with each student producing very different and significant papers), and advised two senior honor theses (still in progress). I am grateful to have wonderful colleagues with whom I…

  • I often consider the many ways music education prevents entry into music-making. For example, in many places, unless you join beginning band in sixth grade, there may be few (if any) opportunities to join band through middle and high school. Many such road blocks exist in K-12 eduction. Higher ed, of course, presents another significant…

  • Bucknell University, as part of the core curriculum for students in the College of Arts & Sciences, requires that students take an “Integrated Perspectives” (IP) course. IPs are co-taught by two faculty members from different departments. Working with a history colleague, we are designing a course, “Assassins, Gods, and Princes: History and Music of Popular…

  • This summer I had the privilege of conducting the one-day Lycoming County Junior High School Band Festival with over 100 middle schoolers. I was originally asked to do so in Spring 2020. We managed to get one evening rehearsal in before everything closed due to COVID. Gratefully, the Lycoming County directors asked me to return…