Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of arts from the University of North Dakota with a choral emphasis
Degree from the University of North Dakota in Music Education with an emphasis on Choral. Married to the wonderful Mrs. Luskey who teaches 4th grade. We share a little girl named Jocelyn who is in 3rd grade. We have a Staffordshire pitbull named Satchmo after Louis Armstrong who makes me smile almost every day.
What is my child learning in quarter 4?
4th Quarter Concerts!!!!!
We have been hard at work learning as much as we can about what it takes to compose music all year. It's time to show what we have learned. This year, because of covid, we will have to have our concerts virtually. I would like each grade level to have their own "concert night." Each student (Elearning or in person) will turn in their final quaver project on April 30th. Afterprojects are turned in, I will organize projects by grade. Each student will be highlighted on our teams meeting and their song and project will be played for all to hear. Concert dates are listed below.
Kinder - May 4th. 6PM.
First Grade - May 5th. 6PM.
Second Grade - May 6th. 6PM.
Third Grade - May 11th. 6PM.
Fourth Grade - May 12th. 6PM.
Fifth Grade - May 13th. 6PM.
Students and parents are asked to treat these shows like a real live concert. Students should be attentive and listening while other students are having their music played. Everyone may/should applaud students when their song is finished. I am hoping to keep each concert under an hour. I know you will probably have questions. Please dont hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you within a business day.
Q & A
I came across an interesting quote today and wanted to share it with the parents of our students.
“Should we not be putting all our emphasis on reading, writing and math? The ‘back-tobasics curricula,’ while it has merit, ignores the most urgent void in our present system – absence of self-discipline. The arts, inspiring – indeed requiring – self-discipline, may be more ‘basic’ to our nation survival than traditional credit courses. Presently, we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts, and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment.”
– Paul Harvey – syndicated radio show host
I definately support all areas of education and think teaching the whole child is important. This quote got me thinking about not only the back to basics curriculum but also the huge STEM movement that is starting to be talked about in communities and how VH1 and some other organizations think adding the arts to STEM might be more beneficial for students. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. By adding A to the other 4 you would create a whole child by adding creativity, expression, and a whole brain approach to learning.
What are your thoughts? Is STEM better than STEAM? Is STEAM better than STEM? Are the basics the most important part?