• Creativity,  Empowered Music Students

    Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 3 of 3)

    This week’s interview features one of our co-authors, Theresa Hoover. Theresa is a former middle school band director, currently working as a music education and technology integration specialist. In this episode, Theresa talks about how she incorporated creativity and music composition in her middle school band classes.  To start the 2020-2021 school year, Theresa’s band classes were completely virtual. In March, the students transitioned back into the classroom for a hybrid/concurrent model. All students attended class at the same time, some on Zoom, some in-person. Initially, the students in the classroom could not play wind instruments, but in May that decision was reversed and students were allowed to play for…

  • Creativity,  Empowered Music Students

    Creativity Through Music Composition (Part 2)

    This interview continues a three-part series about creativity through music composition. Robby Burns is a middle school band and general music teacher in Howard County, Maryland. Additionally, Robby directs the middle school honor band, teaches private percussion lessons, and works as a freelance percussionist. He is the host of the podcast, Music Ed Tech Talk, and frequently presents at conferences and creates online resources for music educators. In this interview, Robby talks about how he incorporates creativity and music composition in his middle school band classes.  Going into the 2020-2021 school year, Robby knew his school would be fully virtual for the beginning of the year. He wanted to give…