Category Archives: Etcetera

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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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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As you think you travel, as you love, you attract. – James Allen

J – As you think you travel, as you love, you attract. – James Allen This quote is speaking to me right now and is really the premise for writing… well finishing this post 🙂 I am alive. I gave … 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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