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Modern Band

  • Artist Keynote Highlights from the Virtual Modern Band Summit

    Mike Lawson | July 31, 2020

    This past July, Little Kids Rock hosted its first ever Virtual Modern Band Summit, an online conference featuring over 30 breakout sessions, 20 small group discussions, and other great opportunities for professional learning. Chief among these were the four artist keynotes, given by influential popular musicians from the past four decades.

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  • Virtual Modern Band Summit: A Music Education Conference for the Moment

    Mike Lawson | July 15, 2020

    For the past seven years, Little Kids Rock’s Modern Band Summit conference has been a music educator’s one-stop shop for professional learning—a joyful, celebratory affirmation of the core ethos of teaching, and a hotspot for classroom innovation through modern band. So what happens to a conference built on community and togetherness at a time when physical proximity isn’t possible?

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  • Teaching Modern Band During Quarantine

    Mike Lawson | June 15, 2020

    When the coronavirus outbreak sent all teachers home from school to start distance learning, music teachers had to come up with a new game plan, fast. For some, the challenge was figuring out how to have authentic music making experiences with their students online. For others, it was simply finding out if and how they could communicate with students at all.

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  • Online Resources for Modern Band

    Mike Lawson | April 30, 2020

    As we all enter into the second month of engaging with students online, some of the challenges and opportunities of virtual teaching have come to the forefront.

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  • Modern Band Resources for Distance Teaching

    Mike Lawson | March 27, 2020

    As music teachers, we are currently facing a time of incredible challenges that require us to rethink how we continue to work with and care for the students we serve.

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  • Modern Band for Local Culture: Hawaii’s Kerri Glickstein

    Mike Lawson | March 3, 2020

    Kerri Glickstein teaches concert and modern band at Lāna’I High & Elementary School in Lāna’i City, Hawaii.

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  • Preparing for the All National Modern Band

    Mike Lawson | February 6, 2020

    In last month’s issue of School Band and Orchestra, we looked at the amazing students that made up the All National Honors Ensemble for modern band and had them tell us their insights to what they gained from the experience.

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  • NAfME’s All-National Honor Modern Band Ensemble

    Mike Lawson | January 10, 2020

    For the past decade, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has highlighted performances of some of the country’s best student performers as part of their All-National Honors Ensembles (ANHE).

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  • Mike Finn: Teaching Students to Record the Songs They Write

    Mike Lawson | December 5, 2019

    Over the past 16 years, Michael Finn has created a unique and special songwriting course that he teaches at a high school in Los Angeles.

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  • Accommodating All Learning, with Katherine Stock

    Mike Lawson | November 1, 2019

    New York City teacher Katherine Stock teaches modern band at school that exclusively serves students with disabilities. Because her students have a wide variety of needs, customizing curriculum is key to student engagement and success.

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  • Jasmine Faulkner and ‘Tech’ as an Instrument

    Mike Lawson | October 3, 2019

    Jasmine Faulkner will be quick to tell you that she was no expert on audio equipment going in to her job as a K-12 music teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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  • Modern Band: Summer Summit

    Mike Lawson | August 29, 2019

    At the end of July, over 600 music educators and arts administrators came together at the Modern Band Summit 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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