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Autonomous Music Productions, AP students at Brain Rehab Center

Posted by Victor on June 25, 2017

AMP is our Adolescent Program’s music business. The AP students book the shows and do the work of producing. We concentrate on playing at Retirement Villages and Nursing homes. This was their presentation at Braintree Manor, a brain injury rehab center. It was one of the more moving acts of service provided by our students […]

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The Community Concert

Posted by Victor on May 18, 2017

The theme of this year’s concert was Songs of Conscience. It grew out of the fact that for the first time ever a songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In looking at what was teachable about Bob Dylan’s work, it was easy to see that his discipline of non-materialism, the valor of his […]

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The Inner Work of Music

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Here is a video of my talk on the Inner Work of Music. This talk seeks to look at aspects of music between the theory and practices, and to clarify aspects of music work that are transformational. It is drawn from my 8 years of experience teaching children at Thacher, decades of experience teaching and […]

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Concert to Benefit the AAAS

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On March 3rd, 2017, the Studio Music program held a concert to benefit the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We raised $400, which we used to buy an AAAS membership for the school. The AAAS seeks to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” To fulfill […]

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Posted by Victor on January 25, 2017

Comments on the AP and Upper El progress reports mostly centered around the work on Taiko Drumming at the beginning of the year: “Work in Music for the Adolescent Program, first term, consisted of two intensive studies. The first was addressing a performance challenge on taiko drums. While this involved learning complex rhythmical forms, and […]

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Additional Study Materials for MSM conference

Posted by Victor on January 6, 2017

This is a link to some notes and materials for a Montessori Schools of Massachusetts workshop that I led. It is worth the time to look at for teachersn and for those who are interested in some of the things at work behind what I teach. msm-conference-music-work

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Posted by Victor on September 16, 2016

The actual beginning of any process is mysterious. It arises out of causes which had their own beginnings. Some of those previous causes are intentional – completed actions which gave rise to coherent choices. Each year at this Montessori School much effort is given to connect the students to their environment. This early time the […]

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Performance and Will

Posted by Victor on June 27, 2016

This past year’s performances: The Thacher Book Fair The Peace Day Ceremony The Hunger Banquet Loire Cotler Christmas Caroling Amp at Fuller Village Amp at Winter Hill Amp at Braintree Manor, Brain Rehab Facility Amp/Studio Music/Alum Benefit to raise awareness for the Blue Hill Observatory at University Station Mall Studio Music Concert Beatles in school […]

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A wee bit more from the konnakol presentation

Posted by Victor on January 4, 2016

This post is a follow up to the previous posts about audiation, and learning and presenting….: I know I posted a fair amount about the konnakol work already, but there are few more clips that are worth posting. I hope you enjoy them. Be sure to read up on how they are using their hands […]

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Posted by Victor on December 15, 2015

A cornerstone of musicianship is the work of audiation. This word was coined by music education pioneer, Edwin Gordon. It is the ability to hear a range of sounds and musical ideas in your mind. There is much going on these days in the field of education to do with mental coordination of the senses […]

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