GET OFF THE PODIUM

...and enable creativity to thrive in your students!
Ghandi

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to try something new,

get off the podium

and teach through creativity?

 

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Movement

Movement

Moving to music keeps the channel open between kinaesthetic and aural intelligence.

PROCESS NEW THOUGHTS

PROCESS NEW THOUGHTS

'Acting music' workshop with Music Ed majors, Western Washington University, SA

OWNERSHIP OF NEW KNOWLEDGE

OWNERSHIP OF NEW KNOWLEDGE

Jodie with some of her clarinet students in Yass, New South Wales 2008

BODY PERCUSSION

BODY PERCUSSION

Adding elements of body percussion within a piece for young band provides fun co-ordination challenges and consolidates ensemble pulse. 'Belah Sun Woman' workshop Eltham High School Eltham, VIC, Australia Photograph by Ingrid Martin

CHAIR AND STICK

CHAIR AND STICK

Learning rhythm first gives your students confidence and it's also heaps of fun! 'Belah Sun Woman' workshop McCracken Middle School Skokie, IL, USA. April 2013.

MY BAND

MY BAND

St Patrick's College Intermediate Band Conducted by Jodie 2000-2002 Photograph by Jodie Blackshaw

Sado Island, Japan

Sado Island, Japan

Music excerpt from 'Letter from Sado' BandQuest commission 2014 UMN Wind Ensemble; Kirchhoff conducting

  • When does it become fascinating?
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  • Excerpt from 'Letter from Sado'. UMN Wind Ensemble; Craig Kirchhoff conducting
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Inspired?

Explore these works. If you need a starting point, I recommend Belah Sun Woman. This works sits at the heart of my pedagogy. 

"For me, inciting fascination in students is the sign

of

good teaching.

 

When students become fascinated they

seek new knowledge,

discuss and challenge information

and then

apply these new thoughts

to

everyday life.

 

 

So how do YOU incite fascination 

in students?

 

 

One simple process:

CREATIVITY

 

Creativitiy

provides students with the opportunity

to

process new thoughts.

 

 

It is during the CREATIVE process

that

fascination is stimulated.

 

Fascination

leads to

independent Ownership of NEW Knowledge.

 

 

Information ceases to be abstract concepts

imparted by a (BORING) talking head

& instead,

TRANSFORMS

into

colourful ideas

and

lines of thinking

that

EXCITE the mind of the child

 

To teach instrumental music without creativity

is to teach mathematics without problem solving,

science without experiments

and

literacy without creative writing.

 

 

Imagine teaching visual art where students simply copy artworks already created by the masters?

 

Yes

they may acquire some skills

but when do they

relate that skill

to

their own personal identity?

 

When do they process that information

and regurgitate it with their own mutation?

 

When does it become...

fascinating

?

 

If we teach music in band without creativity,

we are not providing the opportunity for our students

to develop new, original thoughts about music.

 

To teach without creativity is to instruct.

To teach with creativity is to educate.

PLEASE EDUCATE YOUR STUDENTS." 

Jodie Blackshaw, Faulconbridge, N.S.W. Australia 2014 

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

Nelson Mandala

 

How to make the change?

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