Category Archives: Career Choices

A Reliable Predictor of Music Majors that Succeed…and Those that Quit

Nearly ten years ago now I began a certificate program in systematic theology that consisted of five courses plus a substantial final project. I completed that program in 2011 and still consider it to have been a great blessing to … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Distance Education, Education, Higher Education, Instructional Technology, Music, Music Education, Pastoral Ministry, Teaching Low Brass, Theological Education

Spring Concerts and Activities Preview

Happy New Year! After my usual winter break from blogging I am glad to be back with you again and have a full slate of planned topics to cover here this spring. To begin, though, I’d like to share with … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Brass Quintet, Career Choices, Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Colossians, Doubling, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, NACWPI, North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Pedagogy, Performances, Practicing, Repertoire, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, The Gideons International, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, University of Mississippi

Remember Why You Do This

Having now spent over twenty uninterrupted years in university music departments as a student or faculty member, I have observed and have come to expect certain rhythms of life which are more or less uniform at all of the institutions … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Career Choices, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Performing, Practical Christianity, Teaching Low Brass

Why I Don’t Have a “Church Job”

I am a weirdo, and everyone that knows me at all knows that to be the case. I am a conservative Christian who happily (well, usually) works as an academic musician, moving in professional worlds where few of my colleagues … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Music and Theology, Music and Worship

The Teacher as Fellow Traveler

I was young when I first started teaching college-level applied lessons. Really young. I had a teaching assistantship and eight students at age 22, an adjunct faculty position at 24, a non-tenure track instructor position at 25, and my first … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Doctor Who, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Teaching Low Brass

Should I Have Been a Pastor?

Regular readers of this blog have by now figured out that I harbor more than a passing interest in the study of theology. Although I first professed Christ as a young child and have always been an active church member, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Career Choices, Pastoral Ministry, Providence, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Reading and Study, Theological Education, Theology

“But I’m a Music Education Major!”

My apologies for failing to post anything here last week. April is a busy month in all university music programs, I’m sure, and ours is no exception. Given the volume of work and the lack of available time, to forego … Continue reading

Posted in Career Choices, Daily Routine, Education, Higher Education, Music, Music Education, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass