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 2?
3rd quarter is all about using the notes and rests we learned from last quarter and placeing them on an actual staff. We will use rhythmic compositions (writing music that has different lengths of seperation) and turn them into harmonic compositions (writing music with different sounds on a staff). After students finish their rough draft, they will play the music on a xylophone to hear any changes that need to be made. When students finish their final draft. It will be displayed on the board so that can play each students work.
K - Ta, Tee-tee, and shh. Going up or down in steps. (4 measures)
1st - quarter note, quarter rest, and tied eighth notes. Going up or down in steps. (4 measures)
2nd - whole notes, half notes, whole rests, and half rests. Going up or down in steps and leaps. (8 measures)
3rd - tied sixteenth notes and dotted half note. Working on composing measures to be used in a video game. (2- 8 measure excerpts). Working on a treble clef staff with steps and leaps.
4th - single eighth notes, dotted quarter notes. Working on composing a rap. Working on a treble clef staff with steps and leaps. (At least 16 measures)
5th - Syncopated rhythms that can include sixteenth note combinations. Working on a commercial jingle (at least 16 seconds in length). Jingles will be put on a bass clef staff with steps and leaps.
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?