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New Music Teachers: Things Not to Worry About – “Many student teachers and new teachers find themselves worrying about the wrong things. Here is a list of things that you should NOT worry about if you are a new music teacher:  1. That you didn’t cover everything you planned to in a single class/rehearsal session. Most new teachers overplan – they pack far too much into single lesson/rehearsal plans. And then they beat themselves up when they don’t get to it all in the space of one session. Remember that good teaching is not determined by whether the teacher can check off all of the plan as completed. Good teaching is determined by whether/how the students learn. If it takes your students longer to learn what you planned for them to learn on a particular day, and you take that time to help them, then you should feel good about your teaching, not bad. I tell my students all the time, “We are teaching the students, not the material.” Student learning is our objective, not (as Saphier, Gower, and Haley-Speca would say) coverage…”

Essential Learning in Music: A Collaborative effort –  “Our district has adopted a model whereby we identify the things that each and every student will be able to know and do in a given course. These “essential learnings” provide the basis for lessons and summative/formative assessments. Ultimately the collection of essentials represents what it means to become a competent musician in the particular course. They provide the foundation for everything your performing ensembles well, perform. Essentials are very narrow. We don’t say “every student will be able to play their band music.” A realistic essential for a top high school ensemble might be: “Every student will be able to properly identify major key signatures and perform the associated major scales from memory…”

The Things I learned from Years of Presenting –  “Things that work: 1. Hard copy handouts. As much as I want to be green, one of the reasons that music educators come to your session is to take your handout with them (though they will not always stay…see my pet peeves list). Plus, there was a time where I presented at a state conference and put the web address of where the participants could get the handout. Their eyes shot daggers at me. Many of them stated that the handout is what they give their admin to let them know that they had attended the session. I pointed out that they could print it from the website. Then, I see on the state session evaluation forms that there is a question to whether or not you found the handout effective. I was slammed left and right for that one! Bring hard copies of the handouts. If you run out, you can have them posted on your website. Offering both is ideal and keeps the audience happy…”

Differences between American and European terminology in Music Theory – “…This lens is all about the differences that occur in music theory in different parts of the world. For example in Europe the five lines that music is written on is called a stave, but in the USA and Canada that term is considered ancient and outdated, and the music is written on a Staff. This lens is hopefully going to explore and explain some of these differences. Stave VS Staff – Stave VS Staff  This has already been mentioned in the introduction, but the use of the word Stave has almost disappeared in the United States, but it is still in common use in the European and British music theory systems. Searching Stave redirects you to Staff in Wikipedia, perhaps reflecting its American base, but the footnote does suggest that stave is more common in British English…”

A Great Time of the year for Listening to Classics – “Halloween, whether or not you care to emphasis it, is a great time for listening and moving to some of the “spooky” classics. It’s time to bring out “The Hall of the Mountain King”, “Danse Macabre”, “Funeral for a Marionette”, and of course, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”

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