Author Archives: mllama4

a year gone by

It has been a calendar year since I last posted posted here on goobermusicteachers after averaging one every three weeks for 5 previous years. I was aware it’s been awhile, but I honestly had no idea it had been that long. … Continue reading

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tug of war

R – I just saw a funny post on facebook, a collection of memes; teachers reactions at common circumstances… “Teachers in May”, “When a student reminds me that I forgot to change the date on the board”, “When a student … Continue reading

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why solfege worked

  R – This is lengthy even for me, but please stay with me on this. I have spent over 25 years trying to put this into words, so this is not going to be brief. Many times when I have told colleagues that I don’t … Continue reading

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pushback

R – If I give you a boat kit, and you build it incorrectly and it sinks first time out, was it a bad boat kit or did you construct it poorly? I’m losing patience with schools who have improperly (tragically?) … Continue reading

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ESSA: no ambiguity left behind

Public school music teachers, the game has changed. You can decide for yourself if that’s a good or bad thing, but I’m not happy. If you’ve read anything in this blog for the past four years now, you know my mantra: Music is … Continue reading

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national core music standards: danger will robinson

R – The revised national music standards are about music teacher practice and delivery, not student skill development. I didn’t ask for anyone to tell me about my practice and delivery, thank you very much. I asked for a set of … Continue reading

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a different place

R- When Jarika and I started this blog 4 years ago, I was a year into a standards based model for my music classes. I wanted to pretty much shout out to the world how crazy I was about it… … Continue reading

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helplessness

R- My YHS Spring concert was last night. As is usually the case after these concerts, I’m waking up this morning physically and emotionally “spent”. It’s a curious thing to me how my emotions are all over the place. I … Continue reading

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cry uncle

R – What if I told you I was about ready to cry “uncle” and give in? What if I told you that our 5 year efforts of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative have been for naught? What if I … Continue reading

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creativity through music composition

R – There is a disconnect that exists in music education between creativity and assessment. I have said for many years that not all that is important can be assessed, but all that is academic can be… and all that is … Continue reading

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