Our very existence is threatened annually, and we cry out at the inequity of the threat, and yet many continue to only value the talented ones. You may be thinking, “This isn’t true though!” but I urge you to sit down with a big group of music educators and listen. Listen carefully, because once your eyes and ears are open to the exclusionary trends within this field, you will notice more and more that what we often do is segregate our own students into the talented and supported versus the “untalented” and underrepresented, whether we do it intentionally or not, it is there.
As you know, I LOVE to have the audience as involved as possible. I am trying to think of advice for a friend to switch up the… Read more “Splash Zones at a Concert?!?!”
He was so excited that he brought it right up to me at the beginning of class to show me that we have risen… We have risen to something popular! Yes, the orchdorks rise again…
Ever since learning about Critical Pedagogy, I have done everything I could do put it into practice. Let me tell you… The results have been out of this world…
And it’s not really that we have perfected all of the notes and rhythms… Because there are definitely still some rough passages… But, there has been a culture shift in my program and it is really coming to light as we prepare for our concert.
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.
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!