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 – The Gorilla Story

Isn’t that just a wonderful picture? He’s smiling away, having a great time 🙂 As humans, we are so good at routine, I would even go so far as to say that we excel at routine.  We wake with the sun, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat some more, read our book or follow our shows, then sleep with the moon in the sky, … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – The Gorilla Story

Music Ed Mondays – Being Together

“Being together, not just doing together.” – Bill Kristjanson Music Educator  There really is something magical about the music room, isn’t there? It’s not just a classroom (though, it definitely is that as well), kind of the same way that the gym isn’t just a classroom, there’s something special that happens there too, albeit in a different way. We don’t play music to hash out … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – Being Together

Music Ed Mondays – Educating the Heart

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” – Aristotle It goes without saying, but sometimes we (not only as teachers, but as a culture) really get caught up in our day-to-day, be it curriculum, routine, meetings, or whatever.  It’s not necessarily our fault because that’s just the pace of our world, but when we get reminded about the why of … Continue reading Music Ed Mondays – Educating the Heart