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.