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Blog posts : "professional development"

Finding Time to Play

by Cathy Smetana

I am, first and foremost, a teacher. I do not have a church job, or play for weddings, or do a lot of accompanying. I do not currently have a significant other with whom to share expenses and chores; in spite of my best efforts, my cat Pablo simply bli…

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Mindfulness: A Path Toward Teacher Wellbeing

On March 6, 2015, Jennifer Niedzielski presented a workshop at MacPhail Center for Music entitled Mindfulness: A Path Toward Teacher Wellbeing. (See video at the bottom of this post.)

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Idea Exchange: Effective Studio Management Tools & Strategies

by Hanno Strydom

In this nine-minute video I share several of the key tools and strategies I use to keep my MacPhail cello studio running smoothly.

It is based on my recent MacPhail Music Learning Lab Idea Exchange session, Effective Studio Management Tools & Strategies

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Idea Exchange: The Progress Principle

by Kristin Shoemaker

On October 10th a group of MacPhail Center for Music faculty members came together to talk about the importance of progress and its direct impact on student motivation. The discussion centered around findings from Amabile and Kramer’s book, The Progress Principle, and vetera…

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Get yourself back to school

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I often wish that the school year and calendar year coincided so I could plan all my resolutions at once. But alas, they don't and January and September inevitably become strange times of "let's try to do that thing I've been meaning to do."

Last school y…

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Tips for Grantwriting

by Noah Keesecker

“I love writing grants! It’s so much more fun and easier than playing music...”

… said no musician, ever.  

During a recent presentation on grantwriting I gave at MacPhail Center for Music, I acknowledged that for many artists, regardless of discipline (even writers!), …

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