Monthly Archives: March 2012

melting pot

R – Scenario #1: An auditioned, balanced ensemble of like-minded, like-motivated singers with the same skill set, backgrounds, reference points and reasons for being in the ensemble. They share the same ideals and beliefs and those resonate through every minute … Continue reading

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the concert #1 – promoting music literacy

J – This video contains the Sight Reading segment from the Lower School Concert in December. The audience joined me in an exercise very similar to the one the 4-5ers partake in weekly. WHY DO THIS? 1) TO TEACH THE … Continue reading

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reading books: philosophical foundation (why)

R – I will always preach to every beginning teacher: know your complete philosophy of why you do what you do, and then let your actions – ALL of them – flow from that philosophy (why vs. what). Music teachers … Continue reading

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a smattering of thoughts on assessment

J – BEWARE: Read at your own risk. This is a purging of thoughts. Although I am hesitant to follow Rob’s fantastic post- I simply can’t resist! Lately, I can’t stop thinking about assessment…WEIRD, I know (hence the title goober … Continue reading

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the dirty word

R – Assessment. In the Arts. In Music. Could there be anything worse? I mean, come on… squelching creativity? Interfering with students’ sheer love of the art? How about the time it takes from class time to actually DO assessments? … Continue reading

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