Tim Purdum is a music education and technology entrepreneur. He taught K-12 music for 18 years. Tim has studied and trained to become an Orff Schulwerk Certified Teacher Trainer for the American Orff Schulwerk Association, and teaches Pedagogy to Level One and Two Orff Schulwerk teachers in several courses across the country. Tim has been actively involved in Iowa Core Curriculum writing committees and the First Iowa Orff chapter, where he is a former president and

Tim is the owner of Cedar River Music, which publishes the Creative Sequence series of music education resources, and Cedar River Tech, a web and app software solutions company. Tim has authored three books, and created two mobile apps, as well as hosting several websites.

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  1. Hi Tim!

    I can’t tell you how much your Creative Sequence information is helping me to plan my year!! The templates are so easy to use!

    I remembered you telling one of the ladies in our class at BW this summer that you might be able to put the ODE Music Standards in your Lesson Template… any chance you’d be willing to do that?

    I know you are one crazy busy guy!! Hope your year started with a Bang!


    1. Hi Anne,

      Can you send me a link to the standards? It’s actually a pretty simple process to add new things to a dropdown list in Google Spreadsheet. The trick is called “Data Validation.” I’d be happy to do it if I have the list. Do you think it should replace the National Standards and/or 21st Century skills, or added? I can make an Ohio specific version. I was already talking with my student teacher today about making an Iowa specific version.


      1. Hi Tim,

        That would be great! I think an Ohio specific one would be great. It’s a pretty extensive list, and I know for myself I would only need K-5 on the form.


        See if that link works… if not, just google ODE Music Standards and it should be the first link on the page.

        Again, thanks so much and I really appreciate all the work you have put into this wonderful resource!!


        1. Anne,

          Check on the Template Filtes page again. Under the other Google spreadsheets, I added an Ohio version. I deleted both the National Standards and 21st Century Skills, and replaced them with dropdown Ohio lists. In order for the lists to work, you have to select your grade at the top first.

          Let me know if you think it would be better to add the 21st century skills back in!



          1. Just downloaded the Ohio specific template. You are AMAZING! How can we start a new line within a cell? Like, if we have more than 4 numbers, how do we make a new “paragraph.” If I hit enter, it goes to the next cell. I’m not terribly familiar with excell, I’l a tables girl myself, but I love having the standards. Help!


          2. Katie, I’m so sorry I missed your comments earlier!

            If you want a new line, hold down “Alt” when pressing enter.


  2. Hi Tim! I’m a high school senior doing some research for a persuasive essay. When Google searching for my topic-Music as a core education subject in Iowa- your website came up. I was just curious, is this all opinionated or have you done actual research? If you have a few websites that could help my with some research, I’d greatly appreciate the help!

    1. Hi Johnny,

      Thanks for the questions! My website ideas are all based on experience (15 years teaching) and training (ongoing training in Orff Schulwerk, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, attending multiple conferences each year, reading, etc.) The training is based on the ideas of visionaries like Carl Orff, and the cumulative experience of my mentors and previous generations. These ideas have stood the test of time, and are sometimes backed up by research.

      But research isn’t really the answer for everything in life. For things that are “common sense,” such as “teach music through performance experience before teaching note literacy,” there is research, but all it does is reinforce what is obvious to experienced teachers. What should be more important, in my opinion, is that nothing is disproved by research. For example, if we had research that said it was worse to use solfege than to use letter names or numbers, then everyone would have to agree and come to grips with this. But most such questions are so incredibly biased by teacher experience and presentation, that the actual question cannot be measured in a meaningful way.

      I hope that explains my website. I am trying to build and continue to pass on the craft of teaching music, just as professionals have passed on crafts for all of human history. If there is research that is relevant, I will read, consider, and incorporate it, but it is not the primary focus of teaching (and never should be).

      As far as more generalized research supporting music education, it is definitely out there! I would start at the NAfME website, http://nafme.org, and check out their music advocacy pages. They also have an in-depth Journal of Research in Music Education, which your school library might be able to help you access. In Iowa, there is an advocacy group called the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education that might be able to point you to further research. Or try Iowa Music Educators Association, the state chapter of NAfME. I think direct contacts as you made with me might get you a lot of answers! There is also a Music Teacher FaceBook group (closed, you have to request permission), where several collegiate researchers could answer questions.

      Hope that helps! I love your topic, and the Iowa Alliance is actively trying to get music added to the Iowa Core Curriculum! (But that’s a legislative issue, not a research one).


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