Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
1. St. Thomas………………….Sonny Rollins, arr. Berry
2. All About The Blues………….Peter Blair
3. Sidewinder………………….Lee Morgan, arr. Berry
1. Adoramus Te…….……………..…Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina
2. Ave Maria…………………………………..………..Jacob Arcadelt
3. The Little Drummer Boy…………....................… arr. Jay Althouse
5. Dirait-On…………...….. Morten Lauridsen
6. Lollipop………………...………..Beverly Ross, arr. Raugh/Dixon
7. One Fine Day……………………………Carole King, arr. Sharon/Raugh
8. Carol of the Bells……………...…..Leontovich, arr. Peter Wilhousky
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
- We had regional auditions and did very well.
- Both 4th grade bands really stepped up and can play the basic songs now (Mary Had a Little Lamb, etc...).
- HS Choir is rehearsing well. We make progress in each rehearsal. Some kids who were hardly singing at all are now really shining.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
- HS Choir is starting to get it.
- My 4th grade saxophones at Lopresti sound amazing.
- Developmental band clarinets accomplished ten weeks of work in two weeks. They are learning!
- My trombones at both schools are improving fast.
- We have to show up and show up on time. Nothing matters more.
- We have to build culture. We must establish and maintain a standard of excellence.
- We will be relentless in our pursuit of results. We take no days off.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
- Sing in tune. When the birthday cake comes out the singing should sound good.
- Have a coherent conversation about music. They should be able to go to a symphony concert and talk to the doctors, lawyers, and politicians about what they heard.
- Sing songs to their children when they are born.
- Choose appropriate music for weddings/funerals/etc...
- Dance effectively. Understand the connection between dance and music.
- Have fun. Stop worrying - get up and sing.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
- Scope and sequence. What are you supposed to learn and in what order? There is not an existing scope and sequence. That's OK, it gives me something to do this year.
- Data. Where are the students on the benchmarks? Again, there doesn't seem to be data or benchmarks. That's OK, it gives me something to do this year.
- Rotation. Students can sit in choir for four years. I can't give the same introductory solfeg lesson each September. I have to scaffold each lesson for each group. This is incredibly time consuming and requires scope, sequence, and data. None of which we have.
- Beginning band is pretty much straight-forward. We have the support of the general music teacher, which is sooo helpful. Lessons I'm ready for. There is much to do in creating culture and program.
- Developmental band did very well on their reading. We have started their instruments (flute-clarinet-trumpet). I haven't figured out how to do this all at once (rather than flutes on Monday, Trumpets on Tuesday, etc...). They don't know enough to work independently yet. These are good kids.
- Choir is moving much faster than expected. Half of them are freshman and they can all sing. I owe a lot of credit to the middle school director. Now I can do some hard core assessing and start selecting repertoire. We have done some solfeg but I haven't really tested their reading yet.
- Band has a performance in 10 days!! This is what I was most worried about. But they will do fine. I want to get through the gauntlet of the football game and then settle into our reading and ear training. This band of ten (yes, ten) will have to be very versatile.
- Plus I have to work on curriculum, coach cross country, and get home for dinner!
- You will read/play/write/sing in any key.
- You will show up on time.
- You will play/sing with great tone.
- You will believe in yourself.
- You will believe in your program.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
In this age of ever-changing technology, music remains a constant. It is our responsibility to ensure that students do not lose touch with both the historical and cultural traditions of society. Through a diverse musical education, students are not only able to express and communicate the aesthetics of their own culture; they are able to participate in traditions that are representative of a multitude of belief systems from around the globe.
Music develops higher-order thinking and creative problem solving. It fosters self-discipline and self esteem. Students of music learn to analyze, reflect upon, and constantly improve the quality of their work, resulting in a sense of achievement and success. Music offers these experiences not only on an individual level but also on a collective one. Leadership opportunities are presented, and the success of the collective goal is contingent upon the individual's responsibility. By developing musical skills, understanding, and appreciation, students are prepared to make both musical and non-musical contributions to society.
Music education allows students of varying abilities to explore the full potential of their creative talents and intelligences. Participation in music offers students opportunities to succeed and excel. A quality music education program increases learning in other subjects and creates a positive and inclusive school atmosphere.
Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. Through a quality music education we hope to foster independent, self-directed, and creative learners that will prepare students for developing and enjoying the new frontiers in our culture and society.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
- HS Developmental Band. I was handed this class, but we don't have any instruments. Its been the task for this week.
- Discovering the culture of the department. What do the kids, parents, staff believe in? What should be the role of the department?
- Pep Band with eight kids. I am not sure what we will be playing.
- 20 teenage girls in choir vs. one "less-than-middle aged" man. I hope this is fun. It should be great.