Category Archives: Advocacy

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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R – I had the joy of presenting two workshops and a reading session for the New Hampshire Music Educators state conference yesterday and it was a blast. Wonderful to see former students-now-teachers, friends and colleagues as we talked shop … Continue reading

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aesthetics and academia – part 2

R – I’ve heard on many occasions over the years that, “not all that is important can be assessed”. I know, I’ve often been the one who has said it. I still do, and I still mean it when I … Continue reading

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aesthetics and academia – part 1

R – The title of this post: oil and water? Democrat and Republican? Ke$ha and Beethoven? Yankees and Red Sox? Okay maybe not that far apart… Well, here’s the scoop: aesthetics is not the deemphasis of academic instruction, it’s an … Continue reading

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the interconnected circles

R – As a follow up to my initial discussion around spot on teaching, I want to elaborate on my thoughts around that true balance between the three domains (circles) of 1) developing in students an interest and love for … Continue reading

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standards, assessment, blah blah blah… part 4

R – I have a strong conviction that standards based assessment in music begins as a mindset first and a series of actions second. If a teacher were to ask, “what should I do to make this happen?”, the answers … Continue reading

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standards, assessment, blah blah blah… part 3

R – Implementing standards based assessment into a music program can appear to be a daunting task. But I have a conviction that it doesn’t have to be. In practice, standards articulate critical stepping stones in the educational journey of … Continue reading

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