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Brad’s Beat April

BLB Studios is open! Dear Readers, You may have noticed that the BLB Studios website has been static since November of 2016.  Some big changes have been in the works!  The site is being rebuilt to offer digital downloads of … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat October 2016

This past month, I had the opportunity to attend the Experience Conference held at Walt Disney World’s Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. There were over one thousand participants at this year’s conference.  I visited exhibits, attended workshops, networked with colleagues, … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat September 2016

Why do I teach music to children?  This is a question those who read this blog likely have to answer for themselves from time to time.  As September comes into view, we have accomplished a long list of tasks that are … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat August 2016

My fellow music teachers, have you been attacked yet by that creeping anxiousness that seems to sprout up at the beginning of August?  I can vividly remember the many doubts and questions that would come to my mind as I … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat July 2016

Saying “Goodbye” is difficult for most of us.  During the past few weeks, I have been forced to say goodbye to some of the things I have taken for granted.  On Friday, June 10, Christina Grimme was murdered after a … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat June 2016

Disconnect: verb [ with obj. ] break the connection of or between: • take (an electrical device) out of action by detaching it from a power supply.• interrupt or terminate by breaking the connection. Yesterday, I returned to reality after spending ten days virtually disconnected from the devices that I have come to depend on for communication with my family, friends, and business partners. To share … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat May 2016

Welcome to May!  Last month, I briefly reviewed the scope and sequence of the “Bells Alive” series. These “pre-reading” animated bell support programs were designed to encourage beginners of any age to interact musically with the RB107 and RB108 Bell sets. When … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat April 2016

The old saying,”March comes in like a lion”, seemed to prove true this month.  Heavy rains, snow, hail, and overall blustery conditions have dominated the landscape all over our nation during the past few weeks.  It would be very much … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat March 2016

It was my privilege to work with the RBI team at TMEA 2016 in February.  As I set up my section of the Rhythm Band Instruments booth space, I spent some time recollecting about the more than thirty year history … Continue reading

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Brad’s Beat February 2016

The first month of 2016 is now in the rearview mirror.  It has been a very eventful month for RBI.  We have traveled the world in teams meeting with teachers and music industry professionals.  Reports coming back from FMEA, NAMM, … Continue reading

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