In My Own Words
Thoughts on Education, Artistry, and Leadership

My blog includes my #BuildingBetterBrains project, articles I've been invited to contribute, and remarks from events at which I have been asked to speak, in addition to comments written specifically for my web audience.

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The opening notes of Daniel M. Reck's Clarion Festival Overture as notated in Finale.

A lot of YouTubers have a particular bit of bed music and an end card theme that they run on each video.  You've heard this at the end of Shadows of Bronze videos and probably noticed it with some of my favorite channels, like 8-Bit Keys, Minute Physics, and Perifractic's Retro Recipies.

The music on each channel is part of its identity.  And each of these channels happens to be hosted by a musician.  David Murray, the 8-Bit Guy himself, is pretty talented in creating multitrack recordings from his array of vintage keyboards, although he features the excellent chip music of Anders Enger Jensen on both of his channels as well as in his Planet X game soundtracks (which are excellent).  Minute Physics, created and hosted by fiddler Henry Reich, picked music from bassist Nathaniel Schroeder as the bed music for his highly addictive lessons about... the nature of everything.

Polishing a B5 handbell with an old sock.

How to B ready to make a handbell video?  Polishing the bells, of course. Especially this B5.

So, what's going on here?  Over the last long while I've been working with forzandoArts assemble a recording studio suitable for handbell videos.  I'll be showing some of the behind-the-scenes of that to patrons as we go, but what's important is that the studio is finally ready.

Welcome back! Students are returning to campus right about now, and they're looking for something to do. How will they know to join your organization?

You're probably dreading having to do all that work to print posters, buy giveaways for the campus involvement fair, and put flyers out in the dining hall. It's a lot of work and it only got a couple of people interested last year.

Well, the first-year students will go to the involvement fair, at least. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors... not so much. Really though, do you remember what groups you visisted at the involvement fair? Probably not, so what's the point? (You could probably find the groups' names on all the free swag hiding in the bottom of that box you packed when you moved out of your first residence hall.)

So what's you're group going to do to attract new members?

Unless you're in a fraternity or sorority, you probably don't have a built in recruitment mechanism on your campus, so you'll need to be smart and get moving. (And if you are a fraternity or sorority, keep reading, because this applies to you anyway.)

The good news: Recruiting is easy.

The bad news: You can't just post up a few flyers and expect people to join. Telling people you're recruiting doesn't work, either. It's tacky.

Here's what does work:

What You See... Doesn't Have to Be What You Get by Daniel M. Reck, on Flickr

Will your student organization still going to be around next fall? We’re coming up on April, a special time of year on college campuses. The days are getting longer, temperatures are rising, and students are looking ahead to their plans after the spring term ends.

This is also the time of year that so many student organizations quietly fade into oblivion. Of course, that’s not the intention of the student leaders. It’s just so easy to put off planning for the next academic year with all those exams, projects, and—let’s face it—friends wanting to hang out in the warm breezes.

Fortunately, there are a few simple things that student leaders can do now to be ready after the summer: