This is a simple tool to transform your teaching

This is a simple tool to transform your teaching

“Yo homes, It’s gotta be the algorithm!” I don’t think anyone ever said that.   But, I do know Spike Lee’s character Mars Blackmon said something similar about shoes. We have seen an explosion in the use of this word, mostly related to computers and technology. So...

This is what I learned at NY EDTech, and it was great

This week my wife and I went to the NY EDTech 2017 conference held at my alma mater NYU.   Below are some of my notes from the opening morning show. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, EDTech has been  a booming billion dollar industry for about a...
What is the most powerful thing to teach all children?

What is the most powerful thing to teach all children?

The most powerful thing to teach all children We parents care deeply about giving our children the best chances possible.  But we share similar fears:  What if they get in with the wrong crowd?  What if they are not as resilient as we wish?  What if they lose their...
A first lesson on piano

A first lesson on piano

Within three minutes of a first lesson, our beginning students learn a song.  The song is really an exercise in disguise to get them using all ten fingers assigned to a five finger position.  We also use fun words personalized to their tastes. For some, this is Peanut...
Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

Surprising secrets emerge in conversation with jazz legend Gil Goldstein on music education, color and music, polyrhythms and more. A few years ago, I met a man walking his two little dogs.  We got to talking and he told me his name was Gil.  He was a musician.  Hey,...