Mistakes and Passion – A Lesson from Beethoven

Tweet I remember my years studying the piano.  It had to have been my grandfather who first told me of these wise words from Beethoven.  He, an admirer of the man and lover of his music, had read every biography, seen every documentary, listened intently to every composition and traveled to Germany to walk in […]

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If I Could Color Creativity

Tweet If I could color creativity, it would be red. Red is the color of fire – And fiery flames grow and change ever moving, ever flowing.   Red is such a vibrant color, and there are so many shades of it too. Just ask a student to create a palette of reds and see […]

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Let the Music be Your Master

Tweet It’s time to get back to the roots of The Inspired Classroom.  Although I will be posting other material as well, the arts are calling and I must heed their call. So first, a story: The year was 1992 and I, a young freshman in high school was on a band trip to Hershey, […]

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Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Tweet It’s a procedure on airplanes that attendents review each time passengers board the aircraft:  In case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first and then assist those around you.   The idea is that if you take care of yourself first, you will be better able to care for your child or another passenger that […]

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Pledge to Create

Tweet Maybe you have heard about the 30 Days of Creativity Challenge. If not, you should – From the 30 Days of Creativity website: 30 Days of Creativity is a social initiative encouraging people to create stuff (anything) every day for 30 days in June. Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, […]

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Feeding My Flame

Tweet The Flame has long been an image I hold dear. It is a symbol of creativity to me. Months ago I wrote a post about how I found that flame. It is called Feed Your Flame.  In it I describe how painting the image and ultimately dancing the image of a flame helped me […]

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Feed Your Flame

Tweet Years ago when I was finishing up my master’s program from Endicot College (Beverly, MA) in Arts and Learning, I had to present my final project to my cohort.  As part of our finals, we were encouraged to express our journey through an artistic form. During my journey, I discovered that I was an […]

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