This is a blog about teaching music. More specifically, it is a blog about connecting popular music* with music that is typically taught in classical-model ensemble classrooms across the United States.
The intended audience for this site is music teachers, who I hope will be able to use these resources in their classrooms. You might have been redirected here if you are a pop nerd wondering about meter and intervals in Rush songs, and I think you'll like this blog, too. I do hope everyone enjoys it.
Contained within are some tips & specific popular songs to bridge between the gap between the music that most often captures our students' interests and the music we have been teaching them for decades.
If I am trying to sell you something, I'll let you know upfront, and if so, it's because it's something I believe in very strongly and by an author or creator I trust. And I'll write a little bit about my experiences with the goods as well.
My name is Emily and I teach music. More specifically, I teach instrumental (band) and choral music on the middle school level at a South Florida public school. I am also working on bringing Little Kids Rock to Palm Beach County, via my after-school rock band club. I take an unconventional approach to teaching, and I'm glad to share some of my best practices. Sometimes they work.
If you're just dying for it, you can read my CV here.
Welcome to my little corner of the world.
*When I say "popular music" I mean that which is generally released for commercial distribution in the 20th century popular music model. You can pilfer the Billboard Hot 100 for theory goodies, but you don't always have to. The most popular entry on this blog as of late has been about The Stranglers' "Golden Brown", which was a British single from the early 1980s. Kids will be weirded out by that, I promise, so you should play it in class as much as possible.