Lindsay Brazell

Starting Monday 2/6/17

Starting Monday 2/6/17

  'Tis the season for choral festivals and competitions, so I felt this quote to be appropriate! I used to have mixed feelings about music competitions. I never felt that music was an area that needed or required competition, because that goes against everything...

Starting Monday 1/30/17

Starting Monday 1/30/17

  Today's edition of Starting Monday isn't really a quote, rather a statement made by one of my professors recently. I am taking a course in the pedagogy of music appreciation, which is proving to be one of the most beneficial courses I could take during my time...

Starting Monday 1/23/17

Starting Monday 1/23/17

One of the four concepts of care is modeling, so I felt this quote appropriate to our January theme! Great character and leadership is inherited from those who demonstrate it to us. If you think about the people in your life who are great leaders or mentors, it is...

Starting Monday 1/16/17

Starting Monday 1/16/17

  In keeping with this month's theme of character education, I found this quote for you to share with your students, co-workers, co-people, or just for your own reflection! Kindness does not require liking, loving, or even remote interest. It does require a small...

Starting Monday 1/9/17

Starting Monday 1/9/17

Welcome back to the Starting Monday series! I've missed it for sure, and hope to continue inspiring your week of teaching or work! I read this article a few weeks ago and found it to be the best "New Year" advice, since most folks are making resolutions and setting...

Starting Monday 10/24/16

Starting Monday 10/24/16

Athletic coaches can be one of the best models of leadership we can study. I love this quote from John Wooden, especially at this time in the semester.  For me, this is the hardest part of the semester. Typically, you have had the midterm by now, and it has determined...

Starting Monday 9/26/16

Starting Monday 9/26/16

Happy Monday, everyone! Just a quick quote to inspire your week. Are you inspiring students and colleagues with your actions and work? Reflect on that this week. Making a difference in someone's world is just a small way teacher's influence society. Practice what you...

Starting Monday 9/19/16

Starting Monday 9/19/16

Now that work and lots of reading has started to consistently be present in my life, I have become ever so slightly obsessed with my calendar. First, I stare at my weekly schedule and contemplate if I have to give up eating or sleeping to accomplish all my to-do...

Starting Monday 9/12/16

Starting Monday 9/12/16

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. – Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot of Flight 93 Jason Dahl   I am from a town in New Jersey about 45 minutes from New York City, so to say that 9/11 had an impact on...

Starting Monday 9/5/16

Starting Monday 9/5/16

Happy Monday, folks! I hope everyone enjoyed the first few weeks of school, or is excited to start a new year if you live up north!  So, according to Henry's quote, are you young or are you old? HINT: The goal here is to stay young forever! Keep learning about your...

Lindsay Brazell

Lindsay Brazell

Today’s Insta-Thought

Last week before spring break! 2 concerts, some homework, seeing my voice students perform, NSAI mentor session to get feedback on 3 of my songs, and a theory exam! Busy, but mostly a good kind of busy! As for spring break itself, the calendar looks empty, and I'm...
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Why I Unsubscribed From All Email Lists

If you read a lot about blogging and email marketing, the first thing they all tell you to do is build an email list, as it is one of the most "personal" connections you can make with readers. And so, I created said email list. It's right there, to the right below my...
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Gesture vs. Rehearsal Technique – What’s Most Useful?

Recently I have encountered the debate of what is more valuable in a K-12 ensemble classroom: an excellent conducting gesture or rehearsal technique.  I say both are definitely important, but I strongly lean towards having more rehearsal chops.  Here's why: I've seen...
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