Linking Music to Reading

Tweet I had the first day of school professional development days this past week and it continued to amaze me how much reading and music are linked! They are innately very similar processes and it’s not just in their appreciation and skill, but in the developmental continuum. In appreciation and skill: The parallels between reading […]

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The Music-Literacy Connection

Tweet When you think of music, do you think of literacy? Chances are you do not. But the two disciplines have a lot in common and we teachers can take advantage of these similarities to help our students become motivated learners. Over the next few blogs, I would like to explore these ideas and see […]

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Teach like a Muse

Tweet Muses are the nine goddesses that inspire us in the arts and sciences. Yes, I know that they are not real…but the idea that they exist in our mind or our world is quite fascinating to me. I love the word inspire. It is so enlightening and ever since I started using it in […]

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Pulling away from art to come back to it

Tweet One idea I keep coming back to in my mind from reading Dewey is this. Actually, let me back up. My prob is that I keep thinking that Dewey is defining all experiences as art and it is confusing me. Does that mean that walking down the street is art if you have had […]

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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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