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“THE APPLICATION OF MATISSE’S CUT-OUTS TO MUSIC EDUCATION” #HIPHOPMUSICED 

#HipHopMusicEd "The Application of Matisse's Cut-Outs to Music Education" “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by …

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#HipHopMusicEd 

Happy New Year! 2015 will be one for the history books. As we transversed the line of demarcation between 2014 and 2015, we are in for many historical changes in America. Whether it is health care, free college, the testing craze, racial violence, gay marriage rights or the legalization of marijuana 2015 will be a …

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PRACTICE (Concept & Application) 

"The other day, I heard a call from the other way..." - Andre 3000 I had the great honor of attending a jazz Artist Diploma rehearsal at Juilliard School of Music in Midtown NYC. I was invited by Dr Aaron Flagg, who gracious showed me around the wonderful facilities a midst his busy schedule at …

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WALT WHITMAN (1892) “Song of Myself” 

Song of Myself (1892 version) By Walt Whitman 1 I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. My tongue, every …

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Professor Vanessa Siddle Walker’s talk on “Historical Resistance Strategies” on October 2 at 6pm. 

The 2014 Edmund Gordon lecture, whether you can join us for the earlier conference events or not. Professor Vanessa Siddle Walker of Emory University, possibly best known to you as author of Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South, and the 2012 Brown lecture at AERA, "Black Educators as Educational Advocates …

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Middle School Band Director – Harlem Children’s Zone 

Middle School Band Director – Harlem Children’s Zone JOB LINK Music Teacher, HCZ Promise Academy Tracking Code 486-287 Job Description The mission of HCZ Promise Academy Charter Schools is to provide a first-rate, year-round, extended-day, college-preparatory, K-12 education to students living in under-performing school districts. Our schools are rooted in the belief that all students …

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Starting Off the 2014-2015 School Year Right… 

I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a great academic year! Be blessed The Lazy Days of Summer photo credit: Jarritt A Sheel 2014

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REPOST DIANE RAVITCH: Schneider: Are Common Core and Common Core Testing Illegal? 

Federal law states clearly that no agent of the federal government may seek to influence, direct, or control curriculum or instruction. For many decades, both parties agreed that they did not want the party in power to use federal power to control the schools of the nation. Thus, while it was appropriate for the U.S. …

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REPOST DIANE RAVITCH: New York: Report on Inequitable Funding 

Governor Cuomo oftens complains about spending on public schools. But he fails to mention budget cuts and inequitable funding. A new report by the Alliance for Quality Education lays out the facts and their consequences for Néw York’s public schools. Good report /summary below of funding gap and education cuts since CFE. New York state’s …

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LIFE 

I think that the beauty to be found in life, at this point in my life, is centered on the fleeting moments that we loss grasp of as time passes us bye. It is in these moments that life springs hopeful and eternal. It is in these moments I find myself straddled between yesterday and …

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REPOST: Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75 by NPR STAFF May 28, 2014  ☆

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records …

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SOCIAL MUSIC…. (jazz) 

So, recently I saw the indiegogo video for the Don Cheadle produced homage the great Miles Dewey Davis. On a sidenote... please support this effort by Don Cheadle to honor this great American through this film project "Miles Straight Ahead". Miles Davis was and is a great American, how do I know this? He was an …

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I LOVE YOU DR MAXINE GREENE  ☆

"There are no final words, but only questions." - Maxine Greene

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Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) 

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over …

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TRIBUTE TO MAXINE GREENE 

"f all our cognitive capacities, imagination is the one that permits us to give credence to alternative realities. It allows us to break with the taken for granted, to set aside familiar distinctions and definitions" (p. 3).   - Maxine Greene During this recent spring semester (2014) Teachers College, Columbia University I had the fantastic opportunity to …

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“Artist Struggle with Integrity” Response 

Yesterday marked the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. This happened fifteen years ago on April 20, 1999. It marks (demarcates) a serious time stamp or period of social change happening in America. Unlike the Civil Rights, Suffrage, The Arab Spring, Gay Rights movements (social change) this period of social upheaval is not …

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Song of Myself By Walt Whitman 

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

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IMAGINATION…. 

Never get too old to IMAGINE all of the possibilities out there in life. It is oh so important to not just be creativity, which is in my opinion merely a by-product of the imaginative process, BUT more importantly take time to think about what could be and what isn't. the imagination is a wonderful …

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ROLAND BARTHES “To the Seminar” 

ROLAND BARTHES  “To the Seminar” Where should I begin with this wonderful reading?  I have thoroughly enjoyed the winding, twisty and metaphoric nature of this text. Deciphering Barthes’ cadence and the resolution of his ideas was a challenge, but a welcomed one. This text certainly reminds me of one of his other great works, in …

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