Monday, November 12, 2012

Assessment Tools

What do you think of this assessment tool for BOJC?

Click here.

I stink at this.  Ideas welcome.

Note:  We worked on this during the twitter: musedchat.  Had 23 viewers in the document.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Daryl Hall and Great TV

We often see youTube clips and say "why don't they put great music on TV anymore?".  I agree that there aren't nearly as much classical and jazz on TV.  But there is great music on TV.

I remember in the early 90's the David Sanborn show on NBC.  That was awesome.  Also the Jools Holland show on BBC is really good.  Jools was actually in the Sanborn show band and had a legendary confrontation with Dizzy.

I love the Daryl Hall show.


This blog serves several purposes for me:

1. Reflection journal.  I try to reflect on what goes well and what doesn't.
2. Memory log.  What did I do?  Check the blog.
3. Collaboration and communication.

I have not been doing well with #3.  I need to find ways to get more comments and more conversations.  Suggestions welcome.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Professional Development

I had a great professional development day at Western CT State University.  I have known the professors there for some time.  They are definitely people I like to work with.

I sat in three reading sessions.  One for young band music, one for grades 3-5 band music and one for jazz band (level 4-5).  I haven't played this much in a long time.  I haven't played in a band like this for awhile either.  It was a lot of fun.

I also got to sing in Kevin Isaacs choral workshop.  It had about 60 teachers in the room.  It was nice to sightread 4 part music and with adult voices.

Professional development should be like this.  I'm wondering what other teaching discipline (K-12) does stuff like this?  I know university educators need to research/publish, but I'm not sure K-12 educators demonstrate/practice their subject enough.