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Concert to Benefit the AAAS

Posted by Victor on May 18, 2017

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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Learning and Presenting

Posted by Victor on October 23, 2015

On Monday, November 16th at 1pm Thacher will be visited by world reknown konnakol artist Loire Cotler. PARENTS ARE MOST WELCOME TO ATTEND!!! (just come!) Loire has spent her life studying the South Indian art of vocal rhythms. You can watch her at work in a video at bottom. The Upper El and AP programs […]

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Yes, but does it pay?

Posted by Victor on September 29, 2015

This was a very well presented interview by the president of Berklee College about music as a career. I offer it here because there are students who come through Thacher for whom this will be a relevant issue, and because Mr Brown’s statements are nearly entirely coincident with my personal experience working as a professional […]

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Rhythm, Humility, and Peace.

Posted by Victor on September 25, 2015

Rhythm, Humility, and Peace. Yesterday the school held an all school assembly to mark the passing of International Peace Day. This is a holiday that was set up by the United Nations. The United Nations was set up, some would say still being set up, in response to fact that between 50,000,000, and 80,000,000 people […]

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