Author Archives: mllama4

shifting sands

R – When Jarika and I started this blog a few years ago, the landscape as it applied to music assessment in Maine was still a pretty static entity. A few teachers here and there were invested in it, but … Continue reading

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getting off islands

R – Visual and performing Arts educators are in an extraordinarily unique situation in Maine. True for all arts educators, but especially so for PK – 8 and dance and theater of all grade levels. The situation is one of … Continue reading

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happy 3rd birthday

R – A rare midweek blog post (and on this post-election morning I could use some humor) to self-congratulate and wish a Happy Birthday to the blog! Jarika and I launched this three years ago today, and it has served … Continue reading

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choral foundations – vocal technique

R – Jarika and I teamed up for this followup post to the one from September where I submitted that in our performance classes – especially in our grade/middle school and high school entry level ensembles – perhaps we might be guilty … Continue reading

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dinosaur farts

R – “What are you going to do with your life to be more than a dinosaur fart? Think about it! Can you imagine what that must have been like back then? A big deal, right? But what lasting impact … Continue reading

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failure

R – I embarrass easily. It is not one of my finer traits, and even less one I’m particularly proud of. What that has meant in practice – throughout my entire life – is to resist the opportunity to take … Continue reading

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be bop a lula

R – Back at the advent of Rock and Roll, the original host of the Tonight Show, Steve Allen, had a routine where he would take a popular song and read the lyrics as prose. The sheer ridiculousness of the … Continue reading

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have it both ways

R – One of the core issues I have with High School music programs in this country is that they often pass themselves off as academic and essential while not being so in practice, placing an emphasis on non academic goals or meeting the needs of … Continue reading

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what would happen

R – What would happen if… …students universally had more music instruction in their lives each week in 2014 than they did during the Roosevelt administration (pick either Roosevelt)? …music teachers universally used their programs primarily to educate the musically illiterate rather than … Continue reading

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fatigue

R – I’ve never written on this blog before about feeling worn down. I’m feeling worn down. Fatigued. It is the closing of a school year that has been a good one in so many ways. As a matter of … Continue reading

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