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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have recently learned to release the idea that all of the lego kits that we buy for our two sons need to “stay together” because of one word ——-CREATIVITY! Here is the thing….  I have noticed that when they first get the kits , they follow the directions TO THE T- from the big kits to the small kits and create whatever is “ON THE BOX.” right?  It is great!  I mean they are learning so many skills from the directions from problem solving to symmetry  etc. However, for a while I was finding that I was truly getting upset —- I know right —- UPSET when they would construct these massive kits and loose pieces within days ……sometimes within hours. Until recently when I discovered something so unique to Just LEGOS with help from the LEGO movie! Both of my sons were taking the pieces that were just collecting within a bin of LEGO Scraps if you will and creating their own versions of lego awesomeness!  It started out small and now has grown into full on lego entities that represent cars , ships, space shuttles, houses, carts, creative solutions to carry around other toys… etc. That look like something that would come  “OUT OF THE BOX.” So I began asking myself...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Performer, Practicing with purpose, Tips for all | 0 comments

This is a very short and simple blog that I feel could help me re-focus and hopefully create dialog that is professional and informative for us. Here are the key points: EVERY ONE MATTERS STUDENTS CHOICE Is  COMPARTMENTALIZING Necessary? 1) EVERYONE MATTERS – I am finding more and more that “music education” programs are trying to find ways to put students in an ensemble that fits them or that they belong in. WHY Do you think that is? Aren’t the ARTS where we are suppose to encourage exploration, discovery, and CREATIVITY? Does everyone needs to fit in a mold of ONE thing or another. SPORTS PARALLEL = if I play soccer does that mean I MUST BE IN FOOTBALL TOO? What if I hate football? 2) STUDENTS CHOICE– Far too often I forget- no matter what level …. K-PHD that the students are the clients. As a business model that means we serve their needs. RIGHT? If they want to learn a particular art or be in one ensemble vs. another —-is there something educationally wrong with that? Also, some ensembles evolve and others remain standardized so to speak —- Do todays students (who think and move faster than ever and need variety)  get excited about the same things that some of us might...

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TODAY- Our perspective is our reality.

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Advice, Clinician, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is what I have really found to be my “FOCUS” lately.  Quite Simply ……. TODAY. This picture was from a dear friends home. When I saw it I asked him, “so what is the deal with the sign?” He said – “Simply TODAY.” WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I find myself getting caught up in so much of the strategy of living life for tomorrow – next week – or even when I retire. YES REALLY like that is...

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Art for Art-“sake”

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Advice, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections | 0 comments

I learned a huge lesson yesterday from my 7 year old daughter about keeping my focus on Art for the sake of Just appreciating art. Today we have to fight for the Arts…… There are so many things tied to the arts to be considered a curriculum that is worth while in the world of education. Not to mention just putting our foot down to STOP them from being cut!  You name it we have it : From S.T.E.M....

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Repurposing Our Lives

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Tips for all | 4 comments

Are we repurposing our life?   Or do we feel like we are useful for only one thing? There are only so more days left when I can snuggle on the couch with my children in the morning. The day is coming when my son no longer looks at me and says, “Daddy can we do something together?”  Even more realistic is how I have learned to tell my daughter she looks so pretty and at  ANY given moment...

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How to use Technology to Create a Real Community

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Palmetto Steel Orchestra, Performer, Practicing with purpose, Tips for all, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to use Technology to Create a Real Community (Featured in the May 2014 Issue of The International Percussive Arts Journal) So many people have found a link between technology and reaching larger groups of people with their topic of choice. People Blog, Tweet, Instagram, and create massive groups on Facebook to name a few. All of these “technological tools” provide an instant audience. People seem to enjoy having an audience and we can admit first and foremost some...

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“Using web time wisely”

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Advice, Clinician, Creativity, Educator, Music Connections, Performer, Tips for all | 2 comments

Recently, I spent several hours in a room listening to students play an assigned solo and rudimental segment for the yearly prepared Region band auditions.  During the course of the day I had a crack in the Universe…..EPIC thought as I heard so many students make simple blunders and mistakes. The mistakes were ranging from confusing a rudiment, to completely choosing to “Back Out” of a simple sight reading selection. My thought was:  With todays resources on-line what is...

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