Performing as an Artistic Process

My course, Teaching Music in a Common Core World, through VanderCook College of Music, is continuing to progress through the National Core Music Standards. Last week, we were looking at Creating as an Artistic Process. That blog post details a lot about what NAfME and other organizations have crafted in the new Core Arts Standards. This post is a continuation along that line focusing on Performance.

This week, we were delivered the following prompt:

The reality is that the National Standards for Music Education, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and others are “highly recommending” that music educators include the three artistic processes into the music curricula for all music students. Write a narrative explaining in detail how you plan to incorporate “Responding” into your curriculum.

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Domain 3: Instruction

For the fourth week of our class, we are focusing on Domain 3 of the Danielson Framework: Instruction. For more information about what we are doing for the class, read my post about Domain 1: Planning and Preparation or Domain 2: Classroom Environment. As part of our assignment this week, we were asked to complete the Relevant Information portion of the worksheets for all components in Domain 3: Continue reading

Domain 2: Classroom Environment

For the third week of our class, we are focusing on Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework: Classroom Environment. For more information about what we are doing for the class, read my post about Domain 1: Planning and Preparation. This post will focus on the work we are doing for Domain 2: Classroom Environment. Continue reading

Creating as an Artistic Process

Our course, Teaching Music in a Common Core World, is in the midst of working through the NAfME workbook: Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education in the School Ensemble. For the next few weeks, we are working through the four domains of the Danielson Framework, the system my school district uses and NAfME recommends for teacher evaluation. We are also reviewing the new National Core Music Standards as part of the process. Part of our assignment this week is to discuss the following prompt in reference to these standards:

Do you believe that all music teachers should include “Creating” in their courses? Why or why not?

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Domain 1: Planning and Preparation

For the second week of our class, we focused on Domain 1 from the Danielson Framework. Our discussion as a class revolved around music teachers being evaluated the same as classroom teachers. We also filled out parts of the NAfME Workbook pertaining to Supporting Structures, Program Expectations, and General/Collective Measures in our programs. We also received the following prompt:
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Teacher Evaluation Systems

At the end of the first week of our course, Teaching Music in a Common Core World, we received the following prompt:

Read through the workbook, then write a narrative and explain how the National Association for Music Education Guidelines compares and contrasts to the current teacher evaluation system at your school?

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Teaching Music in a Common Core World

This fall, I am taking another grad course through VanderCook College of Music entitled Teaching Music in a Common Core World taught by Bill Koch, a former Illinois band director who retired to start an educational consulting firm to help music educators undergo teacher evaluation. Continue reading