I teach Classical Guitar, Jazz Band, and Mariachi for a wonderful school – ILTexas High School in Garland. I also have maintained a private lesson studio, and managed a music store for a few years. This is my personal blog. It is focused on “music education.” My philosophy is if you are going to teach well, you must be thoughtful and purposeful about it.
I write on education, music, technology, productivity, social media, and, on occasion, stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories. I also occasionally write about the resources I am discovering.
My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you are an educator of any kind—or aspire to be—then this blog is for you.
I typically post three to four times a week. To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or e-mail.
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top four….
- The Best Student Incentive Program Ever!
- 5 Things Your Students Need To Hear You Say
- Can’t Keep Up? 11 Technology Tools to Simplify Your Teaching
- 3 Quick Reminders for Music Educators
You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function above my picture on the top of the page to find other posts that might be of interest.
I have been surrounded by music my entire life. I began learning piano from my mother and grandmother around age 5 and began seriously studying guitar around age 9. I continued studying guitar, as well as various other string instruments and various brass instruments all the way through high school. I attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas where I received my BA in Music specializing in Classical Guitar. I’m currently pursuing my Masters of Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition to teaching in the public schools, I’ve maintained a private lessons studio as time has allowed.
I have been married to my wife, Jennifer (follow her on Twitter @JennStidham or her blog ), for eight years. We have a beautiful daughter, a baby on the way, and two demented dogs.
In my free time, I enjoy playing my guitar, writing, reading, golfing, and slowly working on restoring my grandfather’s 1969 GMC 3/4 ton pickup. I am a member of Western Heights Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas where I have served as a bible class teacher and worship leader.
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