Day 117 (of 183) creative thinking? How did they think of some instruments?

Day 117 (of 183) creative thinking? How did they think of some instruments?

While attending a music festival with my schools grade 7/8 band, my brain asked some interesting questions
– why was the French horn designed the way it is? Flutes make sense. So do clarinets and saxophones. Trumpets and trombones are a logical evolution of straight horns…..but the French horn??
– Also off: oboe (double reed??) and the bassoon – seriously… did that ‘eureka’ moment happen 
– I still love the movie Amadeus, but it still astounds me how compositions can be put together in such a way to create such amazing sounds
– How can a band of 60 be so quiet (piano?) and then be a wall of sound (forte) within moments!?
– Why aren’t iPads an “approved instrument” yet? (We use them as our chimes)
– Everyone wears the same dark bottoms/white tops. Is it too much of a change to wear “school colours”?
– Music and sports have a lot in common; seating by instrument group like team breakdowns (are the percussions the linemen? What’s a good comparison for the saxophonists – wood or brass??) 
-and….as with sports, practice is essential and both teach the importance of deadlines better than any “worksheet” or essay deadline can, because showtime is showtime! And Adelle may get to have a do-over at the Grammys, but rigor (book review of Angela Duckworths “Rigor” is coming soon) means knowing what it takes to get to that “performance/finish time!”  
– Our music teachers did a great job providing descriptive feedback loops, personalized-ish learning (depending on what instruments are available) and collaboration – why are we making them put a child’s musical growth as a letter on a report card? (Rhetorical question as “Music” is one of the key agitators for why we should be using eportfolios)

Final thoughts 
I was really proud of how the students from our district (two schools came) performed and represented #83learns

Were they a little goofy at times? ✔
Were they serious when it was needed? ✔
Did they create problems at the hotel? X <–but some students from another school were a tad loud….

Did they help each other? ✔ and even inter-mingled as we hoped the self-processed “band geeks” would! (It’s on their t-shirts as a term of pride)

Am I happy that I got to come? ✔ absolutely – and I couldn’t be more proud of the three young music teachers who put this trip together so I just had to be a “roadie” and watch in awe as they inspired some kids into being life-long music junkies!

It takes a lot of time and work to get ready and go to a festival. But it sure seems worth it!! But still….is it just me that thinks one instrument is missing….


About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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