I love working from home. I like the fact that I can walk down to my "man cave" with my coffee and settle in for the day. I like the fact that I do not have to commute an hour and a half to the city. I like the fact that, on occasion, I can watch Netflix with lunch. I like the fact that I do not have a neighbour in the next stall coughing every few seconds. However . . . I hate the fact that my wife (on maternity leave) can ask me for a favour at any time, merely by opening the basement door. I hate the fact that I can hear everything, and I mean everything, that my wife and my youngest daughter are doing above me, although I love them both dearly. I hate the fact that I continually tell the duct cleaners that our ducts are just fine and that they should stop calling us. I hate the fact that my couch actually calls to me and dares me to take a nap. I hate the fact that my wife loves to play the piano, as I get distracted by any noise, even beautiful music. Hopefully, these thoughts brought a smile to your face. There is truth to them.
If you love the band Twenty One Pilots as much as I do and if you have ever wondered what the band's music would sound like played by a big band, wonder no longer. Try my new arrangement of House of Gold. Click here to hear the Sibelius mock-up of it. Hoping to have a live recording soon.
If you are looking for a dixieland arrangement to add to your bigband's repertoire, give this chart a listen. This is the link.
While it is tempting to provide what you feel is the "best" method for any aspect of teaching, what you are really doing is providing one method based on your biased opinion. It is better to provide several sound models and let students decide for themselves what best suits their pedagogy. Try not to dig in your heels, as you inevitably end up tête-à-tête with your students, pushing them while they push you right back.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.