Where did the summer go?

I can’t believe that I haven’t posted anything since the end of the school year! Well, the school year ended up great, and I’m actually very excited for the school year to begin. Maybe even more excited than I have been in a while!

I just finished up attending a 2 day ed tech conference at a local school. It was the first one, and it was a great success. We had sessions on Wikis, podcasting, Web 2.0, and I even gave a presentation on blogging. It was a wonderful first year, and I am looking forward to attending future events.

We have some major changes coming to my music program this year, which is very exciting. First, my senior high band will be rehearsing all together in one period every day of the week. In the previous 5 years, they rehearsed in 2 separate periods, and only 2 days a week, since we shared the students with the choir program during the same period. I really think the group will now be able to play music at a level that is up to their potential. They are very talented, but we just didn’t ever have the time to prepare anything more challenging than a grade 3 level piece.

Another change to our band program is that we are going with only 5th and 6th grade participation in band, instead of 4th, 5th, and 6th. This will allow me to see the elementary band students 2 days a week…once in a small group with like instruments, and once in a large group “band” rehearsal. This is very exciting! We will actually be able to perform complete arrangements at our concerts, instead of silly 8-measure exercises out of the book!

Finally, we a receiving new marching band uniforms this year! After 3 years of asking, they were finally ordered last spring, and should be here in time for our first game, which is at home. I can’t wait to make our traditional march to the stadium in those brand new uniforms!!

So, things are shaping up to be a great year! Band camp begins on Monday! Just don’t ask me if I have finished writing my drill charts yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Where did the summer go?

  1. How did you manage to get all that to happen in one year?? That’s great to hear! Can’t wait to see the new uniforms!

  2. thanks so much for the innovative class yesterday. I really did have a twitter account already but never bothered to use it. Your class made me stop and think this is the way to go and I’m going to try it as much as I can.

  3. Congrats! Nice to know that you incredibly did all those things in just one year. I was amazed with the way how you managed your work schedule and music teaching tasks. I even admired your techniques and methods of doing them all positively and successfully. More importantly, as music teachers, I agree with your strategy of attaining professional growth in different areas and fields of specialization. Two thumbs up! Thanks for this post and more power. Just in case, you’d like to learn and adopt more reliable, effective and innovative music and piano teaching tips and resources, please feel free to check this link out. This can even take your music teaching experience to a higher level. Enjoy!

  4. Congratulations! The changes to the structure/logistics of your day will undoubtedly have a positive effect on the product your present at concerts and on the process in which the students build their product. Good work!

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