Today, in my classes, we will be playing music and sending love, as we always do. But today, we will be directing our love to the families and victims in Orlando. I urge you today to do what you can in your own lives to send love, to show your support to those who need it, and to fill the world with music, love, and pride.
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…
The third school that really struck me was the most frustrating. It was a group of students from a poor school. So many of their issues had to do with crummy instruments, an unfortunate lacking of a bass player, and just poor circumstances. This was really ugly and frustrating. And so… I decided to write about it…
In some cases, the students even were able to re-define themselves instead of as “criminal,” into “musician.” One of the inmates even said, “Instead of getting in trouble, just sitting there and play tunes, and stuff.” One student was so effected that he went so far as to dream about “helping out in the community, yeah. Helping other people learn music. Yeah, teach them,”
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 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.
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!
Today I will be looking at Elpus & Abril’s article on High School music ensemble students. Elpus, Kenneth and Carlos R. Abril. “High School Music Ensemble Students… Read more “Demo of High School Music Students – Article Summary”