"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation...We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." -Aristolte
Continuing in my Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher Training, I attended a course this weekend called SPA or Suzuki Principles in Action. As a teacher this course was a great reminder of the constant learning we all experience as people. Michelangelo, the famous Italian painter, was said to have stated at age 87, "I am still learning". I think this is so true for me and all of us. There is so much to know and no one will ever know everything.
Never stop learning, analyzing, or questioning. If you fail or aren't getting where you would hope to be, just try a different approach. Thomas Edison was asked by a reporter how he felt about failing so many times in his journey to create a light bulb. In response he said "I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
I hope to inspire all of my students to be critical thinkers with the ability to analyze what I am teaching them. Thinking about the structure of my lessons and teaching style during the course made me excited to grow as a teacher.
Stay sharp my friends! (unless the accidental tells you differently)
Theory Thursday No. 1:
We will start off with the basics. The definition.
Music Theory (noun)-The study of the theoretical elements of music including sound pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.
○Sound-mechanical vibrations transmitted through an elastic medium, traveling in air at a speed of approximately 1087 feet (331 meters) per second at sea level.
○Pitch-the degree of height or depth of a tone or of sound, depending upon the relative rapidity of the vibrations by which it is produced.
○Rhythm-the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats.
○Melody- the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.The principal part.
○Harmony-the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
○Notation-a system of graphic symbols for a specialized use, other than ordinary writing:
Be sure to check out The Holland Symphony Classics III Performance this coming Friday and Saturday at Hope College's Jack H. Miller Performing Arts Center. I will be in the violin section and it would be great to see some of you there. The program consists of the following:
Strauss: Festive Prelude for Orchestra & Organ, Op. 61
Huw Lewis, organ
Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45
Hope College Choirs
Martha Guth, soprano
JungWoo Kim, baritone
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