Music Ed Mondays – The Music Lesson (Part 2)

So, how did your homework go? Could you see Music? What did he/she look like? How are you connected to him/her*? This is one final essay and the student allowed me permission to use it.  It’s a long read, but I promise you, it’s worth it 🙂 ———————————- Music and I have a complex relationship.  There are times when we are inseparable, and times that we … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – The Music Lesson (Part 2)

Music Ed Mondays – The Music Lesson (Part 1)

In our course, “The Fundamentals of Music,” we teach a novel called The Music Lesson by world-renowned bassist, Victor Wooten. There  are two provocative parts to that opening: 1) Fundamentals of Music? Yes, they take place in both Grade 11 and 12, split into Fundamentals I and II.  While they started as a theory and performance course (as a buffer to the performing ensembles), we’ve … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – The Music Lesson (Part 1)

Music Ed Mondays – Placing the Focus

While I had a whole other idea for a post this week, the “Gov. Rick Perry forgetting which three agencies he wants to scrap” has really been occupying my mind – but not for the forgetting; but rather, what it is that he wants to scrap: Commerce, Education and, uh… Wait a sec… EDUCATION?! What does that say about the state of the social state … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – Placing the Focus

Music Ed Mondays – “Whatever Gets Repeated…”

“Whatever gets repeated, gets remembered.” – Michael Brandon This simple sentence blew my mind during my second year of teaching, which was the year that Michael Brandon came to our school. He and I teach the Instrumental and Academic areas of our Music Program – yes, it can be more than just Band, Choir and Drama, but more on that in another post. While we … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – “Whatever Gets Repeated…”