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. I am married to Mrs. Luskey in 3rd grade and we share a little girl named Jocelyn that also attends Turman Elementary. We have a Staffordshire pitbull named Satchmo after Louis Armstrong who makes me smile almost every day. Married to the wonderful Mrs. Luskey who teaches 4th grade.
4th will be taking a field trip to the performing arts center to perform with the colorado springs philharmonic orchestra in February. Details are coming fast. Their school concert will be closer to April in 4th quarter.
5th will be doing their concert in 4th quarter as well. Stay tuned for updates. I am taking song suggestions throughout the third quarter as this is their pop concert.
Kindergarten will be doing their concert at the same time as their graduation on the last day of school.
What is my child learning in quarter 2?
3rd quarter is all about using the notes and rests we learned last quarter to compose music. We will use a program called Rockin' Rhythm Raps so that students can get some ideas and guidence. After they write their compositions, the class will perform each childs composition together.
K - Ta, Tee-tee, and shh
1st - quarter note, quarter rest, and tied eighth notes.
2nd - whole notes, half notes, whole rests, and half rests.
3rd - tied sixteenth notes and dotted half note.
4th - single eighth notes, dotted quarter notes.
5th - syncopated rhythms that can include sixteenth note combinations.
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?