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Monday’s Music Quote:  Robert G. Ingersoll ~ “Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all word”

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Reading the Monday Morning Music Mix is a great way to start your work week and only takes about five minutes! So…sit back, grab your favorite coffee or morning beverage and “TAKE FIVE” with the Monday Morning Music Mix…

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Music Education…Is this truly for me? – “…I cannot personally say that you are meant to be a music educator because maybe you are my grandma reading along. If so, hey grandma. If you aren’t my grandmother, you may be going back and forth every minute of the day seeing if you are honestly meant for such a position. Well hey, if you’re in a pickle, maybe I can help…”

Mim Project: A Review –  “… This was a perfect way for me to learn several things about my students in the beginning of the year:  *What role does music play in students’ lives? *What kind of music affects them or have meaning? *How will they express their thoughts in narrative writing? *How long were they going to take to edit music and audio recording in GarageBand/Audacity? …”

New NAMM Grants –  “The NAMM Foundation announced today the availability of grants from its Wanna Play Fund for instruments, awarded to schools that are expanding or reinstating music education programs as part of their core curriculum and that employ quality music teachers.”

#MusEdChat Review: Getting Students To Continue In Your Program – “Why don’t students return to programs? It seems the main reason why kids don’t continue in their music programs are scheduling, no motivation or incentive. Hearing about schools cutting programs or class periods in a day makes me sad, because a lot of times kids have to choose other courses over music.

Balancing Work & fun – “In the course of my first few weeks at the new job, I have found myself once again asking if I push my students too hard. This comes from a strange happening in my Jr. High group in which about 3 or 4 students have dropped band all together and several more (and their parents) have been discussing dropping band with the guidance counselor. I should mention that I did away with a study hall that the Jr. High Band used to have built into their schedule – this has become most students’ reasons for wanting to drop. I’m not convinced that this is the sole reason, however. But these students (and subsequent discussions with the guidance counselor) have made me think once again about the work ethic that I impose on my students…”

Music: It takes A Department – “One thing I notice as I speak with other music teachers is an overall lack of departmental collaboration and cooperation. Music teachers tend to work in isolation and hold on tightly to what they have built. But in the long haul this approach is unhealthy and limits what you can accomplish for the sake of all the students in the department. I’m the first to admit I didn’t always think this way, but after adopting a departmental approach I will never go back.”

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