Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

Back Home We Go!

The rumors are true…we are coming back to South Carolina!

Ok, so maybe there were not any actual rumors, but it’s still true! 

A Recipe For Assessing Sight Singing Without Losing Rehearsal Time

Ah, sight-singing. One of my favorite skills to teach, and the best superpower I can bestow upon my students! If anyone is wondering, solfege is definitely my love language. First, let me say that if you are not teaching sight reading skills to your singers, you need to change that immediately. And I don’t just […]

Help Your Students Create Their Future

I think Abe was on to something when he said this! Sure, we cannot fully predict our futures and we cannot completely prepare, but there is some truth to this statement, especially in the world of education.

This Post Already Has A Million Likes Because I’m Awesome

Just kidding. This post was just published, and will probably never reach a million likes. And I’m really not that awesome. But I just have to tell you this story. I recently received an email from a stranger/spammer about my Instagram account. According to them, I was not making the most of my Instagram experience. […]

You Influence All Professions

No pressure, but you’re kind of responsible for the future. Every note you teach is somehow contributing to the medical, law, food and beverage, chemistry, and construction professions. And the engineers, web developers, chefs, actors, journalists, and electricians. Oh, and the politicians, athletes, carpenters, and teachers. Need I continue? Being in a music ensemble is […]

Please Don’t Stop The Music: 3 Ways To Make Music Outside of School

I recently polled some music educators on Twitter about how they de-stress during the school year. Here were some of their answers:

Long bike rides/time in nature
Netflix
Reading
Cooking
Sports
Socializing with friends and family

All good answers! I like all of those things, too. Minus the nature ones…the outdoors actually stress me out probably more than any job I’ve ever had. I digress…

Are You Bossy, or A Great Leader?

Leadership is the art of getting someone to do something you want done because he wants to do it. It sounds a little bossy and deceitful, doesn’t it? I think we can break this down a little more to make it sound a little more influential.

3 Opportunities for Change in the Music Education Curriculum

This post was inspired by a reading assignment for my Foundations and Principles of Music Education course. The article was titled “Emotion, functionality, and the everyday experience of music: where does music education fit?” by John Sloboda. Responses and thoughts are my own and not of my institution. John Sloboda’s paper was a challenging yet […]

Identify and Inspire Your Student Leaders

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. This can be a challenge for educators, as your actions may differ depending on the needs of certain students.

Get One Last Profesional Development Session…From Your Couch!

School is soon to be in session, as exciting or daunting as that may be! As you prepare your classroom and materials, and perhaps even attend some inservice meetings at your school or district, I encourage you to do one more ounce of professional development.

But I want you to do it from your couch.

That’s right. Stay in your pajamas, make a cup of coffee, and open your computer or mobile device. It sounds luxurious, doesn’t it?