Dewey's Art as Experience

Tweet I am reading this as part of a course I am taking and I’ve come across some interesting revelations in reading it, pondering it and discussing it with my teacher. Experiences – they occur all the time, in fact, according to John Dewey life is a string of continuous experiences. He does however differentiate […]

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The Process

Tweet During these time of such high-stakes testing, we need to explore new and innovative ways to make sure the arts does not get beaten back, but brought to the forefront. Who is going to be the first to have the guts to try it? Not just we teachers in the classrooms, but administrators and […]

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More on the Journey

Tweet Our students and children are on a journey and we are their teachers, their guides. It is our job to expose them to all that life has to offer. So here is my ramble… There was once a time when people gathered around a piano and sang and they weren’t afraid to sing, weren’t […]

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Thought for the Day

Tweet Here is my thought… As teachers, we must create a journey for students to find the joy in the arts, for them to want to know more. To dance, move, reflect, create and personalize what it is that makes them tick.

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The Values of the Arts

Tweet The values are many, but the commitment these day seems so large – most importantly time away from areas in the curriculum which will be tested. I understand. I live this each day in my own classroom, but it is a calling to which we must find the courage – to infuse our students […]

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T.R.I.C.ing Kids

Tweet I’ll never forget sitting in my classroom with one of my principals (one of many…) and having a conversation along with two other music teachers about essential outcomes.  He then suggested that we clearly write these on the board for each of our classes as they come into the room so that they know […]

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Get a community started

Tweet There are so many people out there that really do believe in arts education and the values it has on students and people of all ages. I come across these people all the time: at my school, at workshops, online, across the country and down the street. Music and the arts are being fed […]

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The Coffee Dilemma

Tweet Coffee – I love it and many of my friends, colleagues and family members do too. In fact, it seems like we may be addicted. And yet, I, even though I drink so much of it, seem to never have enough energy to get done what I would like to get done. The Coffee […]

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Getting Started with Music Integration

Tweet The first thing you want to do in your classroom is to show your students and fellow teachers that music is important to you and that you value its presence in your classroom. To make this happen is very simple. Make a music center in your room. This is something that can be done […]

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