Working Retreat, Day 1: nothing else to see here, folks.

January 2, 2018

Do something about It (!!!)

September 12, 2017

Grow Where You Are Planted

September 1, 2017

52 Things musicians can do RIGHT NOW to further their career

August 27, 2017

Disposability is the mother of invention

August 26, 2017

Suck-cess and Other Misnomers

May 17, 2016

Falling from Grace: The Story of a Music Professor

May 10, 2016

We’re All Imperfect Gems (& Other Cliches)

May 10, 2016

Theater People: The Best Audiences in the World

May 2, 2016

Every Good Boy Does Fail: A Project Update

May 2, 2016

Old Yeller: one music therapist’s path to normal decibles

May 1, 2016

Making Real Music: The Cuckoo Way

April 26, 2016

The Fiery Feeling in Your Belly: how one musician found hers

April 25, 2016

Bad Things Happen in 3s: The Return of the Ravin’ Maven

April 25, 2016

Things I Want to Say Re: The Last Six Months

January 22, 2016

We All Fall Down

October 23, 2015

The Terrors and Perils of Starting a New Job

September 5, 2015

Music Shit I’m Too Old For

August 16, 2015

Tales from The Pit

August 4, 2015

The time has come, the walrus said…

August 3, 2015

Creative Frustration: A Gallery of Accurate Portrayal

March 10, 2015

5 Reasons Why I Love My Job(s)

March 6, 2015

Five Strange Ways I’ve Gotten Students

March 5, 2015

The Day the Eggs Wouldn’t Die: A Case Study in Paid Absences for Private Music Teachers

March 3, 2015

The Story of a Friend

February 27, 2015

Unapologetic Teaching Outfit

February 26, 2015

Remembering the Tie

February 25, 2015

Stayin’ Alive

February 20, 2015

A Letter to Youtube: On Monetization

February 8, 2015

The Roles We Play: When the Hardest Performance Ends

February 5, 2015

This Week in Studio Teaching…

February 4, 2015

The Terrible and Amazing Creative Process

January 27, 2015

Teach is back

January 12, 2015

Hello world!

January 3, 2015

14 New Year’s Lessons from Relaxor the Rocker-Recliner

January 1, 2015

12 Christmas Songs Re-Named by Music Teachers: Have Yourself a *Dairy-Free* Little Christmas

December 16, 2014

12 Christmas Songs Re-Named by Music Teachers: Jingle Bell Mock-Jury

December 15, 2014

12 Christmas Songs Re-Named by Musicians: O, Christmas Tea™

December 14, 2014

12 Christmas Songs Re-named by Music Teachers: All I Want For Christmas Is…

December 13, 2014

12 Christmas Songs Re-Named by Musicians: Blocking Around the Christmas Tree

December 12, 2014

This Week’s Appropriate Hashtags (#TeachingSituations)

December 9, 2014

8 True Stories I Did Not Make Up to Make You Feel Better

December 7, 2014

Lessons in Drama, Part 4: It Never Ends (and how to deal)

December 5, 2014

Lessons in Drama, Part 3: Five Reasons it’s Not You

December 3, 2014

Lessons in Drama, Part 2: Better, not Bitter

December 1, 2014

Lessons in Drama, Part 1: Don’t Discrimin-hate

December 1, 2014

What’s Your Tempo?

November 30, 2014

A Thanksgiving Lesson: Thinking Back

November 27, 2014

Lessons Learned From Former Students: You Know What You’re Doing

November 26, 2014

Real Words From a Student: A Lesson in Legato vs. Staccato

November 24, 2014

[Review] Head Over Heels for Fiddler On the Roof (Hickman High School)

November 23, 2014

The Highlight of My Day: A Video (act II)

November 17, 2014

[Review] BHS’s Cinderella Success!

November 16, 2014

[Review] Curtains! @Rock Bridge High School

November 15, 2014

R-Dawg & P-Diddy’s Excellent Sightreading Adventure / Challenj

November 13, 2014

Piecing the Puzzle: Lessons Learned From Former Students

November 12, 2014

6 Things I Would Buy My Accompanist

November 10, 2014

The Problem With High School Programs: Are You Doing These 3 Things?

November 5, 2014

The Highlight of My Day: A Video

November 4, 2014

Polly’s Pronouncements: Volume 2

November 3, 2014

There Was an Old Witch: A Song Analysis

November 2, 2014

How to Marry a Music Teacher in Five Easy Steps

November 1, 2014

Deciphering Siri

October 28, 2014

My Musical Mormons: Four Observations Of LDS Students

October 26, 2014

Studio Klingons

October 26, 2014

Three Instances of “Adult Trash Face” (Music Edition)

October 23, 2014

Deadpan Singing Face: This Is What You Look Like

October 22, 2014

That Time the Statue of Liberty Showed Up For Her Lesson

October 21, 2014

Thoughts From Students

October 20, 2014

Parting: A Self-Medicating Music Therapy Lesson “Plan”

October 18, 2014

How Much I $REALLY$ Make as a Musician

October 17, 2014

Spike’s Studio, Part III: The REAL Business Owner

October 16, 2014

Spike’s Studio Part II: The REAL Business Owner

October 15, 2014

Spike’s Studio: The REAL Business Owner

October 14, 2014

My Current State of Affairs: Things I’ve Done Recently

October 13, 2014

BEEN THERE: Four Infamously Memorable Performances

October 12, 2014

My Musescore Hyperbole

October 11, 2014

I’m “Playing” This Piece…

October 10, 2014

A Place Where There’s Love Overflowing…

October 9, 2014

How to be the BEST Conductor

October 8, 2014

Studio Whiteboard Project: Extended Edition

October 7, 2014

Happy Blog-iversary: I’ve Learned That Writing Is Like Pimples

October 5, 2014

Studio Showcases for the Weak At Heart (I Remembered the Photos)

October 4, 2014

Teaching Moment: You, Me, and Melvin the Metronome

October 4, 2014

I Have Birthed a Musician

October 3, 2014

Hey, Voice Teach: Four Off-the-Beaten-Path Rep Picks

October 3, 2014

Think-less Thursday: My Lessons Disappeared – A Support Chat Transcript

October 2, 2014

I Was Trying to Describe This Break-Through

October 1, 2014

Trite Tuesday: What’s On My Studio Whiteboard Right Now

September 30, 2014

21 Ways to Be the BEST Choir Singer

September 29, 2014

Silly Sunday: If Studio & Office Supplies Were Food…

September 28, 2014

The Blue Moon of Blogs: [Review] A+ For Avenue Q!

September 27, 2014

Fresh Hell Friday: Four Lessons Learned From the Worst Music Job I Ever Had

September 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday: That Time I Was Yo Yo Ma’s Paparazzi

September 25, 2014

Uncontrollable Urges: Things I Want to Say and Do During These 16 Songs

September 24, 2014

A Letter-Song To Students: Just HOLD ON

September 22, 2014

GAME TIME: Guess These Five Choir Audition Songs

September 20, 2014

Fresh Hell Friday: What Happens in Italy Stays in Italy

September 19, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Copout Edition

September 18, 2014

[Review] 13! The Musical….COMO Style

September 17, 2014

Works For Me Wednesday: A Student Drew This Portrait

September 17, 2014

Studio Statements: Things That Were Said This Week

September 16, 2014

Manic Monday: Sundays are My Mondays

September 15, 2014

Lessons On Group Lessons Part Deux: 4 Proven Success Tips

September 14, 2014

Don’t Forget the Pictures: A Lesson On Group Lessons

September 13, 2014

Facepalm Friday: A Director Once Told Me To…

September 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: It’s More Fun in the Chorus

September 11, 2014

Polly’s Pronouncements: A Few Student Funnies

September 10, 2014

4 Reasons Why I Don’t Give Free Trial Lessons

September 8, 2014

[The Thought Index] 46 Thoughts On Directing a Musical Rehearsal

September 7, 2014

[The Thought Index] 56 Thoughts Every Church Musician Has

September 7, 2014

Integrity In Studio Teaching: The Story of How A Student Screwed Himself Out of At Least Two Studios

September 6, 2014

Facepalm Friday: Two “F’n” Stories (in 223 Words)

September 5, 2014

Some Books You NEED to Start Your Music Studio (and a few you don’t…) – Finale!

September 3, 2014

How Not to Suck: 3 Lessons in “Humaning” (that will improve your musical life)

August 31, 2014

Facepalm Friday: Ding, Donnnngggg

August 29, 2014

Some Books You NEED to Start Your Music Studio (and a few you don’t…) – Part Penultimate!

August 28, 2014

Some Books You NEED to Start Your Music Studio (and a few you don’t…) – Part Uno

August 27, 2014

Let’s Tango: 4 Things Musical Theater Composers Should Do to NOT Hate Singers

August 25, 2014

My Current State of Affairs: Two Bodily Issues Messing With My Music

August 24, 2014

This Glamorous life: Three Less-Than-Great Things About Musical Self-Employment

August 23, 2014

Facepalm Friday: How Kenny Loggins Gave Me a “B” in a Music Class

August 22, 2014

This Glamorous Life: Three Great Things about Musical Self-Employment

August 21, 2014

Go Book Yourself: Two Rules for Time-Hoarding and a Full Studio Schedule

August 20, 2014

I Draw The Line: Why I Hoard My (Studio) Time

August 18, 2014

The Importance Of Food, Shenanigans, & Non-Vomit-Inducing Performance Opportunities

August 18, 2014

How Hula-hooping Made Me a Better Music Teacher

August 16, 2014

My Guilty Pleasure: Why Every Musician Should Give Theater a Try

August 14, 2014

You Do YOU – Using Your Music Degree To Chart Your Own Course

August 14, 2014

Unexpected Ways to Build Your Mega Music Library of DEATH

August 12, 2014

Firing Up Your Music Studio Library

August 10, 2014

Top 3 Absurd Skillz I Never Thought I’d Use as a Music Teacher

August 7, 2014

The First is the Worst: How I Became a Music Teacher

August 6, 2014