Adjudication – How it has helped me to be a better teacher.

This year, I finally decided to have my senior high concert band attend it’s first adjudication. Here in PA, this is simply a process where the group performs 2 prepared pieces and some sight-reading. The ensemble is evaluated by a small group of judges, and the band is then given a rating. I like this system, because it does not necessarily compare the group to any of the others that are performing. This process also gives the group some positive feedback for improvement and also I think lends some validity to what we do as music teachers.  This is kind of like our “standarized test” for band.

Anyway, we have just begun our preparations for the adjudication in March. I have noticed that preparing for this event has already made me a better teacher. Let me explain why. First of all, this has forced me to be much for focused and goal-oriented in our rehearsals. I know that we will have to sight-read, so we are working on that every day during our warm-ups. After listening to our winter concert, I knew that we had to work more on intonation, so this is something that we are also addressing on a daily basis. Focusing on these two prepared pieces has also helped me to be better in my rehearsal planning process.  What I have found myself doing is just selecting certain concepts that I want to work on that day, or selecting a small section of the music to perfect. In just two weeks, I have found the group’s progress to be very exciting, and I think we are now getting more done in a shorter period of time.  I should also mention that I am careful to make sure that the adjudication is not all-encompassing. I think that this may be part of the reason that I shied away from doing it initially. I worried that I would focus too much on the adjudication, and not about teaching music.  But, I have been pleasantly surprised to find out that with the right mindset, this is actually helping me to be a better, more prepared, more focused teacher! Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to prepare!

Newly Added to My Music Library – American Visions by Travis J. Weller

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I was happy to discover that this piece arrived at school today, upon my return to school! You may or may not have heard of the composer, but I am proud to say that I was one of his first students back in 1995. Travis J. Weller‘s composition American Visions is available from The FJH Music Company, and I encourage you to check it out…it is a wonderful piece! Travis is a great teacher, mentor, colleague and friend, and I would like to publicly offer him my congratulations on this publication. I look forward to many more! Congratulations, Travis! I have tremendous respect for anyone that can compose music, and to have it published is a fantastic accomplishment.

The 365 Days of Photos Challenge

Okay, this isn’t music related, but I have decided to take up the 365 Days of Photos Challenge. If you’re interested, you can follow my progress via flickr.  I enjoy photography, so it should be fun! I hope you enoy it as well. I don’t know that I’ll upload every day, but I’m going to at least make an effort to take a photo every day this year! Wish me luck!

The Official 100 Music Education Bloggers!

Dr. Joe Pisano over at MusTech.net has officially posted the 100 ME Blogger list.  I have reprinted it below, but be sure to visit MusTech.net for further explanation and info. Congratulations to all of the bloggers on the list! Check them out today!

THE OFFICIAL LIST OF THE 100 MUSIC EDUCATION BLOGGER CAMPAIGN 2008-2009:

  1. http://www.mustech.net
    Dr. Joseph M. Pisano- MusTech.net
  2. http://digitalmusiceducator.wordpress.com
    Owen Bradley -The Digital Music Educator
  3. http://etobiasblog.musiced.net
    Evan Tobias- Catalysts & Connections
  4. http://musiced.about.com/
    Espie Estrella -About Music Education
  5. http://jamesfrankel.musiced.net/
    Dr. James Frankel-  Music Technology in Education
  6. http://weblog.siba.fi/msalavuo
    Dr. Miikka Salavuo-  Music Education, Technology & Social Media
  7. http://pwhitfield.edublogs.org
    Pete Whitfield-  e-Learning for Music
  8. http://www.musicedmagic.com
    Chad Criswell- Music Ed. Magic
  9. http://jsavage.org.uk/
    Dr. Jonathan Savage- Jonathan Savage
  10. http://musictechforme.com/
    V. Keith Mason- Music Tech. for Me.
  11. http://tjweller.wordpress.com
    Travis J. Weller- Composing Like Mad
  12. http://mystro2b.edublogs.org/
    Ken Pendergrass- Music is Not for Insects
  13. http://www.soyouwanttoteach.com/
    Joel- So You Want to Teach
  14. http://stengel99.wordpress.com/
    Steve Engel- Music Ed. Lounge
  15. http://fsharpbflat.wordpress.com/
    Linda Granite- Bb, F#
  16. http://doublebassblog.org
    Jason Heath- Double Bass Blog
  17. http://musicisfree.ning.com/
    Robert Brannan- The Music is Free
  18. http://dvzmix.wordpress.com/
    Deborah Valdivia-Zwolinski- DVZ’s Mix
  19. http://choirteachers.blogspot.com/
    Kyle Gardner- Choir Teachers
  20. http://www.pauldraper.org
    Paul Draper- Draper’s Blogspot
  21. http://johnwilborn.wordpress.com
    John Wilborn- John Wilborn’s Weblog
  22. http://iknowithink.blogspot.com
    Leo Park- I Know…I Think
  23. http://gluedtothestring.blogspot.com
    Stan Haskins- Glued to the String
  24. http://musicedtech.wordpress.com
    Barbara Freedman- Music Ed. Tech.
  25. http://tomrudolph.berkleemusicblogs.com
    Dr. Tom Rudolph-  Make the Most of Notation Software
  26. http://teachingthewirechoir.com/
    Dale Lewis- Teaching the “Wire Choir”
  27. http://docandry.edublogs.org
    Dr. Kevin Andry-Dr. Andry’s Band Blog
  28. http://sperham.wordpress.com
    Steffany Perham- Perham’s Prattlings
  29. http://alexruthmann.com
    Alex Ruthmann- Alex Ruthmann’s Blog
  30. http://www.beatechie.com/
    Carol Broos- Be A Techie:)
  31. http://musicanthology.org
    Geejay Arrioloa and Jeffrey Langlois -Music Anthology
  32. http://southiowamusiced.blogspot.com/
    Michael Compton -Southern Iowa Music Education Network
  33. http://qachsband.edublogs.org/
    Eric Wright- QACHS’s Band Blog
  34. http://alleyjazz13.wordpress.com/
    Alison Hulihan- Marching Music
  35. http://rogerwhaley.blogspot.com
    Roger Whaley -The BandEd ToolShed
  36. http://mgrondin.edublogs.org
    Martha Grondin-Artful, Tuneful, Beatful
  37. http://percussioneducationonline.com
    Kevin Tuck -Percussion Education Online
  38. http://www.musicteachersblog.com
    Janice Tuck -The Music Teacher’s Blog
  39. http://bnceducation.blogspot.com
    Steve Raybould, Kriston Feldpausch -Band and Chorus PMS/PJHS
  40. http://musicedshare.wordpress.com
    Kyle Krstolic -Music Education Share
  41. http://musicedforall.blogspot.com
    Dan Leeman -Music Education for All
  42. http://amymburns.musiced.net
    Amy Burns -Elementary Music/Music Technology
  43. http://www.music.erinnwrobel.com
    Erinn Wrobel – Notes From The Mitten
  44. https://dougbutchy.wordpress.com
    Doug Butchy – Confessions of a Band Director
  45. http://studiobeemusic.com/mutech
    Rich Blenkinsopp – Studiobee Music
  46. http://musicmiddleschoolandweb20.blogspot.com/
    Susan Hurst – Music, Middle School and Web 2.0
  47. http://www.kirki.co.uk
    Dr. Phil Kirkman -Music Education and Technology Blog
  48. http://tufsdblogs.org/winze
    Ann Winze- WI Orchestra
  49. http://thirddivision.org
    David DeVoto – Third Division
  50. http://collaborativepiano.blogspot.com
    Dr. Chris Foley – The Collaborative Piano Blog
  51. http://bandguys.wordpress.com
    Matthew Pelandina and Mike Lewis – The BandGuys’ blog
  52. http://tanbur.wordpress.com
    David French -The Music Education Blogspot
  53. http://musicteachers911.blogspot.com
    Larry Marra -Music Teachers 911
  54. http://www.pianoteacherblog.com
    Rebecca Brown -Piano Teacher’s Retreat
  55. http://wordtogo.wordpress.com
    Steve Mugglin -Creativity and Songwriting in Music Education
  56. http://totalmusiceducation.blogspot.com
    Greg Albing -Total Music Education
  57. http://teachingmusicbs.com
    Ben Baker -Teaching Music
  58. http://susanadavis.blogspot.com/
    Susan Davis -Music Technology Musings
  59. http://www.howtopractise.com (yes it’s a “s”, it’s an English spelling)
    Mike Saville – How To Practise
  60. http://www.free2create.com/blog
    Valerie Kampmeier – Free 2 Create
  61. http://musicmattersblog.com
    Natalie Wickham – Music Matters Blog
  62. http://theresawhite.edublogs.org
    Theresa White – Education In Music
  63. http://africlassical.blogspot.com
    William Zick – Africlassical
  64. http://discoverlearnplay.blogspot.com
    Eugene Cantera – Discover, Learn, Play (MusickED.com’s Blog)
  65. http://mstrismusic.com
    Ms. Tris – MsTrisMusic.com
  66. http://www.learn-theory-music.com/learn-theory-music-blog.html
    Julian Partridge – Learn Theory Music Blog
  67. http://www.guitarticles.net
    Tennyson Williams – Guitar Articles.Net
  68. http://creativekidmusic.wordpress.com
    Dan Thompson -Creative Kid Music
  69. http://educacionmusical.blogspot.com
    Oscar – Educacion Musical – Music Education (Our first, in Spanish, ME Blog!)
  70. http://rizzrazz.vox.com/
    Dr. Eric Rasmussen  – Rizz’s Blog
  71. http://reband.wordpress.com
    Mr. ReBand
  72. http://www.techtempo.com
    Brenda Muench – Tech. Tempo
  73. http://www.thomasjwestmusic.com/blog.htm
    Thomas J. West
  74. http://musictech4ed.edublogs.org
    Andrew Spang  -MusicTech4Ed
  75. Click this link. (A very log blog URL…)
    Jon Ensminger -Pedaplus
  76. http://techtoysandtunes.blogspot.com
    Richard McCready – Tech Toys and Tunes
  77. http://downpressup.wordpress.com
    Derek  -Downpressup
  78. http://listenlearnmusic.com
    Rachel Rambach – Listen and Learn
  79. http://jazzworks.wordpress.com
    Allan Perkins – Jazz Works
  80. http://msgallant.edublogs.org
    Alexandra Gallant – The Misadventures of a First Year Music Teacher
  81. http://www.acousticpath.com/blog
    Cameron Grant – Acoustic Path
  82. http://musicteachercafe.viviti.com/
    Scott Ashby – Music Teacher’s Cafe
  83. http://www.frogstoryrecords.com/player_journal.html
    Stever Carter – Frog Story Records/Player’s Journal
  84. http://thirdstream.musiced.net
    Cary Stewart – Third-Stream Music Education
  85. http://michiganstatepianopedagogy.blogspot.com
    Derek Polischuk – Michigan State Piano Pedagogy
  86. http://fromthevoiceof.blogspot.com
    Elizabeth McDonald -From the Voice of…
  87. http://urbanmusiceducation.org
    Sarah Johnston -Urban Music Education
  88. http://musiced.jasoncrews.net/
    Jason Crews – Music Education Resource Blog
  89. http://www.classicalguitarblog.net
    Christopher – Classical Guitar Blog
  90. http://willie42.globalteacher.org.au/
    Andrew- Split Three Ways
  91. http://mjsheetmusictips.blogspot.com/
    Marilyn Johnson – MJ’s Music Teaching Tips
  92. http://www.musicteachershelper.com/blog/
    Brandon Pearce – Music Teacher’s Helper Blog
  93. http://jeane-metroyo.blogspot.com
    Jeane Goforth – Scrollworks and Metropolitian Youth Orchestras
  94. http://www.oparp.blogspot.com
    Dr. Robert Phillips – The Opinionated Arpgeggist
  95. http://www.wikyblog.com/CynthiaWunsch
    Cynthia Wunsch  – The Unlikely Entrepreneur (Click the Blog Tab)
  96. http://mineoladrama.blogspot.com
    Joe Owens – MHS Theater
  97. http://andyzweibel.com
    Andy Zweibel – Music Musings and Other Randoms…
  98. http://musicschoolsbc.blogspot.com/
    Stephen Robb – Music Schools BC
  99. http://paulbailey.us
    Paul Bailey – Paul Bailey’s Blog
  100. http://edubuzz.org/blogs/alancoady/
    Alan Coady – Alan Coady’s Musical Blog