We invited Natalie and Megan on so we had the entire pod-family to talk about what our spouses see in us and for them present the challenges in being the significant other to a music teacher.
This week we discuss athletic rivalries, how they affect our students and the music we make.
Since we all squandered out college degrees on music or music education, sometimes we struggle with communication, especially finding the best means to communicate with large groups of parents and students with varying levels of interest and access to the internet.
This week we talk about the different strategies we use to get information to our students and their parents.
This week we talk about how the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election affected our students, our work with Civil Discourse, and the work outside of making music.
Olin is gone this week so we talk about something more relevant to secondary school teachers: how do you make up missed performances?
This week we talk about the pros and cons of taking masterworks and classic literature in front of adjudicators.
Veronica asks for help in finding exercises to teach tuning in the middle of rehearsal, not just as part of daily routines.
Ever had a day where it’s more work to call in sick than and come up with sub plans than just suck it up and go in? With the advent of flu season we talk about coming up with ideas you can prep in advance, develop and work towards a set emergency sub plan. Don’t forget your flu shots!
We invited Bobby Rogers from Pioneer High School in Woodland, CA to talk about his experience building a successful AP Music Theory program at his school: including a pre-AP curriculum integrated into his ensembles and a composition course for students who complete the AP course.
We talk about our current and ideal performance spaces, and Olin posits his Grand Theorem of college marching bands.