Creating as an Artistic Process

Our course, Teaching Music in a Common Core World, is in the midst of working through the NAfME workbook: Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education in the School Ensemble. For the next few weeks, we are working through the four domains of the Danielson Framework, the system my school district uses and NAfME recommends for teacher evaluation. We are also reviewing the new National Core Music Standards as part of the process. Part of our assignment this week is to discuss the following prompt in reference to these standards:

Do you believe that all music teachers should include “Creating” in their courses? Why or why not?

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Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

For the second week of our class, we focused on Domain 1 from the Danielson Framework. Our discussion as a class revolved around music teachers being evaluated the same as classroom teachers. We also filled out parts of the NAfME Workbook pertaining to Supporting Structures, Program Expectations, and General/Collective Measures in our programs. We also received the following prompt:
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Assessing in a New Year: Part 2

As we are rounding up the first round of assessments, I wanted to comment on how things are going. My last post was about the new assessments we are using this year. We are seeing incredible results with our students. These assessments are falling on the third lesson in the cycle. The first lesson introduced the assessment material to the students and allowed us to give them some initial feedback before their practice. The second lesson was a continual review of the assessment material with us giving students more feedback on their progress. We use the same rubrics in our lessons as we do our assessments. For our advanced students, we were also looking at All-State or Honor Band audition material. Most importantly, our students who struggled in lessons last year are performing extremely well on these assessments. Continue reading “Assessing in a New Year: Part 2”

Assessing in a New Year

Sorry for the long delay between posts. Getting married, moving, and beginning a new school year provides a bit of a distraction from blogging!

Over the summer and leading into this school year, we met as a Vertical PLC to discuss how we can begin better assessing our Power Standards. We ran into a few snafus as we began implementing them this Fall. Our school district reports grades every six weeks via Infinite Campus. We have been adapting our assessing and reporting to this system while integrating SmartMusic into the mix. We feel like we are finally stumbling in the right direction! Continue reading “Assessing in a New Year”

Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble @ Vandercook

This past week, I was in Chicago at the Vandercook College of Music taking a MECA Continuing Education course entitled Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble. The instructor was Mike Steinel, Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas College of Music. He has also published numerous charts, records, and books including Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble. He did an excellent job of explaining a wide variety of topics at a very relatable level. I wanted to use this post to reflect on my week of learning. Continue reading “Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble @ Vandercook”

PLC at Work Institute Reflection

Over this past week, over 150 teachers from my district attended Solution Tree‘s Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute in Minneapolis. Each school was allotted a number of teachers to bring or the three day workshop. Three of us from our Vertical PLC attended as well as many teachers, counselors, and administrators from districts across the country. The Institute is designed to help schools and districts implement professional learning communities effectively. I will explain a little more before delving in to the sessions I attended. Continue reading “PLC at Work Institute Reflection”