Mariachi Boss

Mariachi Boss Juan Zaragoza, Director of Southern California band Mariachi Las Olas shares his story on developing as a musician, educator, and band leader Beyond being a band director, Zaragoza is an avid ethnomusicologist, educator, mentor, and music lover.  In 2007, he was the recipient of the Santa Barbara Independent’s Local Hero’s Award.  Here he…

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Simplify Learning

Simplify Learning Developing a Practicing Mindset: With Thomas Sterner I think for students new to music, it’s really backward technology to try to get them to figure out where the note is, and also the timing of it. It’s brain overload. I think you would find if you worked with students and you just said,…

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Elosie Ristad: Bold Music Teaching

Eloise Ristad: Bold Music Teaching by Naomi Aldort At the time I met Eloise in Boulder, Colorado, she was a piano teacher, living in a corner house that was always full of people and with an unlocked door. A mother of eight, her youngest children were still at home and she already had grandchildren too.…

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