Can anything good come from the KSU Marching Band controversy?

Can anything good come from the Kansas State University Marching Band controversy? I certainly hope so! In fairness you need to know: I’m a former marching band member. I’m a band director’s wife. My husband has directed marching bands at the high school and college level. I’m the mom of a current college marching band […]

I’m singing because you… – A look at January 2013

I’ve sung most of my life. I sing most days. Sometimes I get asked why I am singing. Here are my January 2013 answers. I’m singing because you…are explore some Music Sparks posts for children. Specifically, last years Ode to the Tooth Fairy and Time Song for Children were some of the top read posts […]

Hurdles of September

We have cleared the hurdles of September! Jeff jumped into the 2012-13 school year at Fort Hays State University. Lessons are scheduled. Classes are in full swing (including the grading). Marching band season is rolling. And, Jeff’s fanfare “Overdrive” was premiered. (We wish we could have been in Dallas to hear it.) As for me, the […]

Premiere: Overdrive

“Overdrive” a brass and percussion fanfare will be premiered by The University of Texas–Arlington brass under the direction of Dr. Douglas Stotter on September 18, 2012 at the season opening of the Dallas Wind Symphony. This piece was composed by Dr. Jeff Jordan, my husband.  He describes this 1 minute 20 second piece as “having enough […]

Music Lasts a Lifetime Posts

March is “Music in our Schools Month” here in the United States. These posts were written in response to this wonderful theme. It all started with “Music and relationships with your child“. In this posts I share a new four-week FREE resource for parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Come find out what “I SEE” […]

Meet my guests!

Over on Music Sparks, there have been several guest posts in the last month. Come on over and check these out: A Multi-Dimensional Musical Experience Laura Crum looks at our senses other than hearing as they relate to music. And I will always love you….! Laura Crum reflects on Whitney Houston’s legacy. So Long, Farewell […]

Here’s what we’re reading…

Jeff and JoAnn are both reading a lot this year. Here are some posts that may provide you some ideas for materials to read: In What should I read? Jeff comments on Milt Allen’s new book: Music, Artistry and Education: A Journey Towards Musical Growth and Enlightenment. In Here’s what I’m reading this month JoAnn highlights […]

Quick update on Music Sparks

Lots of activity has been happening at Music Sparks including a new logo. Here are some posts from the last couple months you may find informative: Conscious Aging – This post explores several questions including  1) When someone is old; 2) What role does health have in aging; 3) Is growing old a negative event. […]