Are the Arts Fluff?

Tweet Well, first of all  NO! That being said, let’s explore why the answer is no. This week is the summer Teacher Art Retreat and yesterday we spent time in two sessions based in music and storytelling.  Debbie Ambrose started us in the process of composing a song and Lori Cotter led a session in […]

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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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The Magic of One Drum

Tweet I bring them to the large room My students sit to wait They’re talking and they’re anxious To start up from their break.   I take a hold of one small drum Caress it with my hands, And as I beat so softly They seem to understand.   Doom, ckick-a chick; Doom doom chick […]

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The Story in the Backwater Blues

Tweet Music tells the tale.   That is the title of a book sitting in my bookshelf at home.  It contains some of the great music from history and the stories that are told through the instrumented notes.  Well, today I want to reintroduce you to a song that contains a story not only in its […]

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science

Tweet For the past few weeks, my students have been learning about “Land and Water.”  They’ve been conducting experiments, learning about the water cycle, making it rain, observing erosion, carving out riverbeds and watching the power of water. This week, we started listening to the blues and to kick things off, I chose Backwater Blues […]

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The Arts and Curriculum

Tweet My journey learning about the arts and their valuable uses in my classroom and in our schools is ongoing.  Just as with great learning in the classroom, this professional learning never ends.  Instead, my understanding of things is deepened the more I read, discuss, write, and teach both children and adults. Just yesterday, one […]

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Holiday Music Bringing Joy in the Classroom

Tweet Music does bring us joy.  We listen to it, sing it, perform it, stand in awe of it.  Whether we are musicians or not, there is a place in our hearts for music.  The holidays are no different.  I love using music in many ways during the holidays: as we decorate our tree I […]

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All-Beethoven Recital

Tweet Thursday night I attended an All-Beethoven concert at the Fraser Performance Studio at the WGBH building in Boston.  It was an intimate setting where the radio station was recording a tribute to Beethoven to be aired on his birthday!  (It was awesome and I will elaborate in another post.) So many musical organizations plan […]

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Celebrate Beethoven in the Classroom

Tweet Special Announcement! It’s finally here – a new addition to The Inspired Classroom’s book store…. and it’s a good one too! Celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven in the Classroom: A Resource for Classroom Teachers and Music Teachers Alike by Elizabeth M. Peterson This eResource is built for any teacher who enjoys music, especially that of […]

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