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a tiny bit more regarding the elevator speech…..

Posted by Victor on November 25, 2017

from my last post: “As the students progress in age these abilities are scaffolded into greater intricacy and duration and bring in elements of meaning, narrative, identity, and social awakening.” from our school’s bookfair at Barnes and Nobles:

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The elevator pitch and the National Anthem

Posted by Victor on November 24, 2017

As I mentioned in the past couple of posts, I recently spoke to several dozen prospective parents about the music program at our big open house event. Sometimes, because of the amount of parents coming into the room, I have to give a synopsis that is rather quick. When it gets like this, I rather […]

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A peculiar lesson

Posted by Victor on November 22, 2017

In my struggle to represent the work that we do to prospective parents on our open house day, I was reminded of one of the more unique lessons which arose with nearly all of the students in the school this year. One way that I sometimes describe what I wish to bring in my teaching […]

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Context for things I have said….

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Our recent open house reminded me that I have been neglectful in my promise to myself maintain an effort to always explain more elegantly, and more clearly, the nature of my work with the students, and how it will scientifically provide a better life for them. It was helpful that this realization was coupled with […]

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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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