I don't typically post from outside the realm of Christian practice. That said, I want to give credit where credit is due. I credit Almighty God with bringing this fabulous individual into my life. Though we've never met and may likely never meet, if it weren't for her and her crew, I would have given up teaching. In fact, it was just under a year before when I was preparing to leave the profession I love altogether to become a blue-collar worker. God gave me a second chance and then shortly thereafter brought a YT video Darcy made to my attention. As a Christian, we should be about best practice. So, while this is technically outside the realm of theology, this will fit very well into Christian practice.
This is a guest blog by Darcy Vogt Williams originally posted at SmartMusic.com. Darcy and her compadres, Jenna Yee and Alex Ortega, at aftersectionals.com have done nothing short of changing my life. I credit these fine folks (and David Newell of Kjos Music) with sustaining my career in music education. The one thing I can do to show my thanks is to unabashedly and freely post her articles and encourage you to read their work, listen to their podcasts, and continue to strive for best practice in the band hall (or whatever music program you teach).
What you'll be reading below (God-willing) is a portion of a presentation that Darcy, Jenna, and Alex gave at the 2016 Texas MEA. This is also featured in Darcy's book of the same name: "Teaching Rhythm Logically." My only hope is that your life is as enhanced as mine was and is from incorporating such fabulous teaching into my classroom. Many thanks for your consideration as you read.
...and, no, I'm not being paid to say this.