'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.'

Mahatma Gandhi

You are listening to an excerpt from Twist

Performed by the AMAZING

Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra

Conducted by James Brice

 

There are three ways you can help bring change and incite creative music making opportunities in your band program.

Hover over the buttons below - which one are you?

LET’S KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS.

TO MAKE A CHANGE WE NEED TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER (JodieEBlackshaw)

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‘BE THE CHANGE’ #BESUPPORTALLOW CONVERSATIONS!

 

OR

JOIN MY EXCLUSIVE ONLINE COMMUNITY

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DISCUSS CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO COMMON CHALLENGES WITH

LIKE MINDED EDUCATORS!

 

TOGETHER WE CAN BE CREATIVE

&

HELP OUR KIDS EXPLORE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL THROUGH CREATIVITY.

How to get started...

Things to think about before you approach your faculty with the idea of teaching creatively and ‘off the podium’:

 

When: When can I timetable ‘off the podium’ creative music making lessons?

Ideas: Logistically this can be a challenge. I recommend you consider making one day per teaching cycle an 'off the podium' day. Clear the room and take ALL groups who rehearse on that day through creative music making lessons.

 

Your time spent with others’ classes could be exchanged within your faculty. Perhaps another director can take one of your rehearsals & focus on something they specialize in? Why not share your strengths - no one person is good at everything!

 

What: How do I start? What resources are there?

Ideas: The Project Piece ‘Belah Sun Woman’ is designed to introduce this style of teaching to you and your students. This resource, when followed step-by-step, will develop your creative music educator/conductor skills & establish solid teaching routines. There are 20 lesson plans and most are brought to life on an accompanying DVD of me working with middle school students. The lessons feed directly into 5 progressively challenging movements of music for your wind band that will take your students on an educational journey from Grade Zero to Grade 2.

 

If this is too daunting, perhaps try 'Sculpturesque' first, which has a similar approach or JOIN THE TEAM to receive FREE teaching tools & take part in online discussions with like-minded educators. 

 

You will need to spend a little more time preparing at first, but the rewards are AMAZING and your students will LOVE YOU for this opportunity! Seriously...

 

Be brave. Be the change.

#besupportallow