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Off The Podium Published in Choral Director Magazine

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choraldirectorwb1016I’m thrilled to share here that my column Off The Podium made its first appearance this week in the October 2016 issue of Choral Director magazine. Off The Podium will be a regular component of Choral Director going forward, featuring the kinds of articles about music education I have been posting here on my blog since March 2015.

And as if this weren’t sweet enough: to launch my column with a splash, I am also featured on the cover!


My column in the October issue features the article Four Practices, which originally appeared here on my blog on March 5, 2016.

Four Practices describes why I avoided punitive and/or rewards systems for behavior management in my work as a teacher, instead choosing to emphasize behavioral ideals (virtues). I used Four Practices for many years in my classroom every day, and believe that they can transform not only your classroom, but also your students’ lives!

You can read the October 2016 issue of Choral Director online here.

Choral Director is the leading industry publication for middle and high school choral directors in the United States (exclusive of publications from professional associations like ACDA). It is published six times per year and reaches over 16,000 school choral directors across the country. Subscriptions are free and available in either print or digital format. If you are a choral music educator or industry professional, subscribe here.


from Choral Director, October 2016


  1. Noel - Carol E Bitner says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. rmichaelw says:

    Nice chance to read four practices again. ..

  3. Todd Seage says:

    Well done Walter!

  4. ron says:

    about time you got a real job. bravo!

  5. Michael Graham says:

    Yay! Way to go, Walter!


    Sent from my iPad


  6. Sohee Park says:

    Congratulations!!!! You must publish a collection of blogs as a book soon! Sohee


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