Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Teacher's Summer

Summer is a time for me to plan and create for the new school year. I read and review materials old and new, encourage new teachers, collaborate with colleagues, reorganize my rooms...yes...I have three, experiment with new music, plan programs, eliminate waste..both in the file cabinet and in my plans, disinfect and repair instruments and the list goes on. This doesn't even include taking classes both in person and on-line. I am not taking any classes this year as I am concentrating on building and maintaining my health with much rest and care. Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has certainly changed the look of my driven nature. I still drive, but I pace myself more carefully. I have many new and wonderful things planned for the coming year and I can't wait to share them with my students whom I do miss!

 Theme for the coming year... Music Moves Me!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Song in the Summer...

A year ago, a couple of friends and I wrote a song. you can check out the archives to just how this happened! Curious... Anyway...I woke this morning to thunder and gentle rain and it caused me to remember. The song is called, "Lovin' the Moment." You can listen here:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR

'The Power Of Music' To Affect The Brain : NPR: "

At some point almost everybody's touched by music: the goose bumps from a haunting score in a horror film, the catchy tune that gets you up and dancing. Now new research and new technology lets us see what's actually going on in the brain at those moments.

In her new book, Elena Mannes tackles a number of fascinating questions. Why does music have such power over our emotions? Why is it universal across all cultures? Does music provide some evolutionary advantage? Is music uniquely human, or do we share it with other animals? Is it hardwired? Did it come before language? And can music make us happier, smarter and healthier?"