Week 4 – First music classes and tuning uke’s

What’s happening in our pilot school? Last week it was great to walk into Hepburn school and hear music. I followed the sound until I eventually came to a classroom of grade 1 students who were learning about patterns. The teachers creatively saw an opportunity to incorporate some music into the lesson. They were using some of the newly assembled Orff instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) to play the patterns the teacher displayed to them.  It was an excellent way to use music to assist in learning and reinforce the lesson concepts. Throughout these past weeks as I have unpacked boxes and assembled things…

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Week 3 Approach Music As A Language

This morning I was once again reminded of how great of a musician Victor Wooten is, but he is also a teacher.  If you aren’t familiar with him, he is one of the greatest bassists out there right now and he has actually been to Saskatoon. Only a couple of years ago he was here performing with Bela Flek & The Flektones at the Sasktel Jazz Festival. In case you need a reminder, here is a youtube clip of Victor playing Amazing Grace as you’ve never heard it before. Today I watched a youtube TED talk of Victor Wooten speaking…

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Week One

They’re back! As students enter your classrooms today, I hope you are as thrilled to see them as I’m sure they are to see you! My schedule will likely take a a bit of time to fall into a routine as it will be largely guided by when teachers are needing me to be in their building. Initially this fall, I will largely be working with the staff at Hepburn school which I am greatly enjoying so far. My anticipated schedule for this week is as follows: Monday: 9:00-12:00 Division Office 1:00-3:00 Hepburn Tuesday All day – Hepburn Wednesday All…

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