anyone was welcome to sit anywhere from the floor, to the monument, to the steps leading down to the monument. So there were people EVERYWHERE! Children dancing, people walking past taking photos as they headed home from work, and the best part was seeing people unplug for a minute or so as they listened to the live music on their way home from work. I LOVE this aspect of this concert & the audience did too.
I had a student once who was an enormous fish in this teeny tiny pond of little musicians who all looked up to him as if he were Heaven-sent to play cello with them. He was beloved in my program and really was a good cellist with great potential. But his arrogance was a huge issue for him as he began to compete for chairs in All-State and eventual college acceptance as a cello performance major. I remember thinking “Such a big fish may struggle in a sea of sharks once he gets to college”
I know that education is one of the best ways to change the world, and I was thinking what role I might be able to play as a music teacher. I realize that my influence can be great in spite of the role of “elective” teacher, students are emotionally invested when they are in my classroom, and I think this is key to making powerful change.
I do think that the gender inequalitites and perceptions have been slowly changing in our country in the past few years. I see more and more male students on flute (an instrument that was once viewed as feminine) and more female students on tuba (once considered more masculine). We must transform these small steps into leaps toward greater continued participation in life-long music making.
The greatness of the spoken word from one to another must never be underestimated. As educators, we must exercise great caution and care when speaking. Students are… Read more “Critique in Rehearsal – Don’t Send Them Overboard!”
extracurricular activities, contrary to many beliefs of the past, actually increase students’ social and academic self-concept, aspirations, homework, academics, and even college entrance
Consider what role we as the educator have in this web of significance… Where do the students land in our own web, and how are we interacting with them as they create their own?
This goes back to the idea that recruiting happens every single day. Recruiting is the impression your students leave with each day as they are walking to their other classes. Recruiting is the story your students tell after an amazing rehearsal with you, it is in everything that we do, so we better do it all with enthusiasm according to this article!
the lack of courses on practicum and classroom management is astounding…
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