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August 15th, 2008

10:35 am - Surprise: Music Appreciation Class!
I'm a high school Choir Director.

School starts in two weeks and, surprise! My adminstration tells me that I'm teaching a Music Appreciation course this fall. I checked the text the district has approved and it's aimed toward Middle School. I know the students at my school won't go down for that, and I'm not really even pleased with how the course is layed out.

Having never taught it before, I can't place why I don't like it. It just sits wrong, I suppose.

So, I'm hoping there are people out there who will help me to not have to "re-invent the wheel." I don't need a blow-by-blow of what you teach when, but if I could see a syllabus of a class that works, it would help guide me so I could adapt it into what will work for my school and students.

So, if there any kind souls out there, please respond. Although my administration told me that, under the circumstances, they know I may just be one day ahead of the students, I'd really rather avoid that!
Current Location: Desert Hot Springs
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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August 12th, 2008

10:41 am - Alternate assignment for music appreciation class?
I've been teaching music appreciation classes (for non-majors) for a number of years now and this is the first time I've run into a problem with an assignment. I always have them attend a concert and it's always worked out that they have a large variety of concerts to choose from. This year they have scheduled me to teach the class in mid-August through the end of September. Exactly THREE concerts appear to be going on during this time and the I find it highly unlikely that every student in my class could make it to one of those three (especially since I teach adults who have kids to attend to, jobs to do, etc.). Our symphony doesn't begin until the end of September. The universities aren't starting until the very end of August, so they have no concerts listed and likely will fall after the September 30th cut-off for my class.

So all this ultimately leads to my needing an alternate assignment that would be interesting and useful for the people in my class. Anyone have any ideas on something? I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with something that would work in its place and I have a few vague ideas but nothing concrete. Nothing will duplicate actually GOING to a concert, but is there some assignment that you think would be interesting?

Just thought I'd toss it out there for anyone who might have an idea!

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June 10th, 2008

02:51 pm - If you teach, you'll surely understand.
If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


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May 5th, 2008

11:10 am

There is a canon by Antonio Caldara that I would like my beginning Choir to sing, but I can't find a translation anywhere...and I really don't like asking people to sing things when they don't know what they're singing!

I was wondering if anyone out there had access to such a thing. I've tried on-line translators in the past, but they seem to give me trouble with non-modern original lyrics.

The words are as follows:

Beveria del Tocai se me ne dessi un puoco
anca mi che no son gallioto
Demene solo goto

Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

crossposted to music_education
Current Location: Desert Hot Springs
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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April 30th, 2008

10:22 pm - Getting a job
Hey all. I'm currently a special education teacher, but I have a master's degree in music education and I previously taught K-12 general/choral music in a private school. I now have my teacher certification in music and would like to get back into the music game. I've applied to 987236 districts and haven't heard from a single one. This is disheartening, but I think things are about to start looking up. Of course, it now hits me that I've never interviewed for a public school music job. Could some of you post some things to look out for, interview questions, tips, suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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April 25th, 2008

11:08 pm - This is the sad truth...

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February 15th, 2008

10:51 am - Teachers & opinions on language

I am a phD student currently finishing my dissertation on what teachers think about different ways of speaking. If you are a US teacher, you could support my research by filling out a short questionnaire, available at http://questionnaire.source-lounge.de/questionnaire.php.

Last month, I already invited your participation in a questionnaire that helped me scale the questions used in my study. I would like to thank again all those who already volunteered their time!

The questionnaire that has been created now is pretty short, and it should be possible to answer it in no more than five minutes. The data collected will, of course, only be used for research purposes.

If you chose to enter your e-mail adresse, you will be kept posted on the progress of this research project. I’ll also post occasional updates on my livejournal.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact me at judith.buendgens-kosten@gmx.net, or to contact me through PM. Your input will be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

Judith Buendgens-Kosten

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December 20th, 2007

12:38 am - Scrollworks - A New & Revolutionary Music School
my husband and i have joined forces with several inspired and like-minded musicians and are in the process of opening up a music school here in the magic city - birmingham, alabama. the program is called Scrollworks and our aim is to enrich our community by providing music lessons to all who are interested, regardless of their ability to pay. it is modeled after Venezuela's El Sistema. we begin teaching in january - how exciting!

please take a moment to check out the Scrollworks myspace and add us as a friend. then check out the Scrollworks website!

thanks so much for taking a moment of your time to explore this wonderful cause.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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December 19th, 2007

01:22 pm
Oh my goodness! If anyone hears of any elementary music positions opening up in and around Columbus PLEASE let me know. I'm searching desperately!

Thank you!

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December 15th, 2007

02:50 am - Trumpet Brands for kids?
Hello everyone,
I've been studying music education at BGSU and I was recently asked what some good trumpets for the younger crowd are. I've left my notes at my parents house that lists some good brands and I was wondering if any brass players here had any insight.

The girl possibly getting the trumpet has been playing about a year and has some unnamed dented p.o.s. I figure anything will be better than what she has now, but looking for not too expensive and reliable.

Thanks everyone!
Current Mood: calmcalm

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