Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

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. […]

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…

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 […]

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?

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 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!”