Author Archives: Tim

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    Why Web-based Technology is the Best Fit for Education

    Posted on November 29, 2017 by in Orff

    I started my tech career with two separate strands: website building for simple sites like this blog, and app building for mobile phones. The websites were made with WordPress, and were very easy to put together, following the built-in menus. Only when I wanted something advanced, like a searchable folk song database did I need to […]

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    Children’s Abilities, Musical Community, and Technology

    Posted on October 9, 2017 by in Orff

    你好 from Shanghai and Taipei! I just returned from a trip to these vast cities on the other side of the planet, where I met with teachers and staff from the Motif Music Company to help them design curriculum for their teachers and the schools they work with. Motif offers marching band and musical theater […]

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    Classroom Management for the Creative Music Room

    Posted on September 5, 2017 by in Orff

    One of the most challenging aspect of teaching music to children is handling disruptive and off-task behavior. A perfectly planned lesson with engaging material, exciting activities, and meaningful learning objectives can turn into a moment of questioning one’s career or sanity with just a few children disrupting a class. When I was an undergrad, we […]

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    What to Buy for Your Classroom

    Posted on August 15, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    In my previous post, I talked about various resources for funding your music classroom. Once you have funds, it's important to know how to spend them. These are only my opinions, but they are backed up by years of experience and trial and error in several different schools. Rule #1 – Buy What You Can […]

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  • Advocating for Appropriate Music Classroom Resources

    Posted on August 12, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    One of the most amazing and frustrating things about U.S. schools is the wide variety of support for music education. While some children have music on a regular basis, others receive instruction every few weeks or not at all. Even when looking at schools that have reasonable schedules and full-time music teachers, there is a […]

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  • Assessment as a Percentage of Instructional Time

    Posted on August 4, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    I’ve been blessed to have contact with teaching colleagues from many different states this summer, through my work as an Orff Schulwerk Pedagogy instructor. One topic that often comes up is the requirements of assessment in various districts around the country. First, let me assure you, there is no consensus. I have taught for many […]

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  • Becoming a Programmer & Entrepreneur

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    I am just about two weeks into the first summer of my post-teaching career. What was my part-time enterprise of app-writing for the past three years is now becoming my full-time endeavor.  I started out with an interest in iOS apps. I’ve been a big Apple fan since the first iPhone, and always wished there […]

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    Xamarin FTW

    Posted on January 7, 2017 by in Uncategorized

    When I started programming professionally two years ago, being an Apple fan, I rode the Swift wave. It was clear, easy to understand, and seemed beautiful compared to Objective-C, which I never really learned to use, but can read well enough. With my first few apps complete in the App Store, I had the itch […]

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  • Education and Technology

    Posted on April 11, 2016 by in Uncategorized

    My son is in upper elementary, and his school day looks amazingly like my school day back 30 years ago. A bit more computer work, more time spent testing and reading, and unfortunately less social studies (and possibly science, although I’m not sure elementary students ever got all that much). But they still have home classrooms, […]

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  • iOS/Swift and Android/Java Conversion Chart

    Posted on March 17, 2016 by in Android, iOS, Java, Swift

    I am beta-testing my first Android app, and have recently completed my second iOS app. Having taught myself how to program in both Swift and Java, I spent a lot of time lamenting the inability to easily convert code between the two. Sure, there are cross-platform solutions, but as an independent developer, I couldn’t afford to […]

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