I am in the midst of a bunch of different things grabbing my attention on which I would like to share my learning:
I am currently spending a week at the Vandercook College of Music taking a MECA course entitled Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble with Mike Steinel, professor of jazz studies at the University of North Texas and author of Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble.
I am also currently taking another MECA course online entitled Finale Music Notation Software with producer, composer, copyist, and arranger Vince Leonard.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCAAS) in conjunction with the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and a variety of other arts education organizations has released new national core arts standards. Our state has also released Core Companion Fine Arts Standards. Both of which I would like to study more and share my thoughts with you. A great resource right now is Tim Purdum, an Iowa music educator.
Our vertical PLC has been meeting over the summer to clarify power standards and design assessments for the coming school year. In addition, Infinite Campus has undergone a major overhaul, and we have been discussing how this will change our grading practices for next year.
I am also getting married in less than a month, which means lots of planning, honeymoon, moving, and not a lot of time for reading, reflecting, blogging… So I’ll get to these things when I get to them. Happy summer!