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Navigating “life in the hyphen”

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A Gay Dad’s Letter to Michelle Duggar

Excellent. I doubt, of course, that she will bother to read it. They should be taken off the airwaves.

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By now, unless your name is Rip Van Winkle and you have just awoken, everyone is aware of the Duggar scandal. Josh Duggar, the bright shining star of the anti-gay right, and a focal point of one of America’s premier reality TV families, was found to have (allegedly) indulged in sexual and incestuous molestation. The story implies cover up and manipulation by the Duggars including an intervention by an authority figure who he himself was later convicted on a child pornography charge.

To be honest, as a commentator, I have tried to stay out of the fray. I never watched their show. Since many of the victims are part of the family being scrutinized, I also would not want to stir up conversation that would create even more guilt, harm or shame.

Yet, there was still something missing in all that has been talked about. The Duggars were not just…

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Syllabus addition

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nadia-dawisha-/how-syllabi-can-help-combat-sexual-assault-on-campus_b_6423844.html

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born That way

born That way.

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Kabuki

Kabuki

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Words from Plato

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. 

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Complete performance: Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2cBUJmDr8

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Should teachers be using social media in the classroom?

PBS NEWSHOUR  BY GAIL LEICHT AND DON GOBLE  October 1, 2014 at 3:37 PM EDT

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/social-media-valuable-tool-teachers/

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Prezi-Course Wrap Up–my experiment

I liked the look of the Prezi presentations so much I decided to experiment for myself.  In the beginning of my courses I have students define music in whatever terms come to their minds.  I thought this would be a good way to revisit what their definitions and introduce them to 4’33”.  In responding to the presentation they will have to consider how all the musical elements are used or not used and they will have to defend why they think this piece is music or is not music.

Here’s the Link: What is Music? 

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Survey with Google Docs

Here’s a little midterm survey I created for my Columbia State Community College Music Appreciation Course: http://goo.gl/forms/v4a8uhtfH5

This was relatively easy to do and only took me about half an hour–most of the time was used deciding what to ask and how to phrase the questions.  There are other types of questions that I might use later for an end of the semester survey.

I think this will give me valuable feedback about how I am doing and what they are learning.  One of the questions is about musical texture which is one of the hardest concepts for non musicians to hear.  Intellectually it is easy–as an auditory  concept not so much.

Thanking you in advance for taking a look.

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