Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

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?

Leading in the Presence and Absence of Students

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. How will you expand your influence when students are outside your classroom, or even in your classroom without you?

My Blog Went School Shopping

Hey, look! My blog got some new style for the school year!

My friend Leanna Manning and her husband Ethan are both graphic artists and, in my opinion, branding geniuses, so they helped design the new logo/design for all my web/social media/whatever-else-I-need-an-image-for happenings. There were a lot of slashes in that sentence, and it was probably difficult to understand. I’m just so excited about it that it’s hard to speak-type my feelings appropriately.

Reimagining Arts Education To Breed Thriving Artists

Jeff Goins has been one of my favorite bloggers for some time now. He has built an awesome community of aspiring writers and creatives, and I have learned so much just from reading his blog, books, and participating in his community. Further, he advocates the work of a creative and even though I may not have a real-person relationship with him, in a way, he’s everyone’s biggest cheerleader.

In Jeff’s last book, The Art of Work, I was so inspired about the thought of apprenticeship in the arts, and how influential those experiences could be for students. He elaborates on this idea further in his new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve, along with so many other nuggets of wisdom about how to live a creative life.

How To Be Successful During Student Teaching

Student teaching can be one of the best experiences in your career, but the time approaching can be a little daunting. Even though it is like teaching with training wheels, it’s your chance to practice everything you have learned (and everything you’ll learn along the way) before you have to do it on your own.

How Not Paying Musicians Greatly Hurts Us

On the very first day of teaching Music Appreciation, I asked students to do just one thing this semester: Be respectful of everything you hear, even if you absolutely hate it.

I explained to them that there were lots of genres of music that I am not particularly fond of, like opera and electronic music. However, there are people that perform those genres, compose for those genres, and study them, and I am grateful that we have people who devote their time to advocate them.

But most importantly, there are people making a living off of their work in those fields, and I can’t imagine robbing those musicians of their livelihood. I asked my students, “Wouldn’t you hate if people didn’t support your career paths, or even your passions?”

How To Make Change Less Scary and More Normal In Your Classroom

One of my favorite parts of an extended break is the possibility of change. A change in pace, a change in routine, and changes in lifestyle!

My response when people ask how I am enjoying my break has been, “It’s amazing and sooooo refreshing!” But then I thought to myself, why can’t all year be amazing and refreshing? Why can’t changes occur during busy seasons of the year?

Gain A Competitive Edge with an Online Portfolio

As music educators, we essentially produce a product for our schools and our communities. Because that product takes time and preparation throughout the school year, it is hard to represent that in words on a paper document. What an online portfolio can do is show videos, images, and reviews of your previous work, in a way that says, “See, I really can do this, and I have had prior success!”