"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


How could I forget?!

Hey J,

Played, and played, and played again, today.   All day: just music, instruments, some Thanksgiving playparties and Georgia Sea Isles stuff.

Oh, yeah.

Laughing and joking around and singing up a storm at 'work': now that's something for which to be thankful.

Ended the work day by spending about an hour looking at Lindy dance clips and music performances from the 1930s and '40s--my intention was to find good material to use in class, but I was reminded yet again how captivating this stuff is.  How much energy it gives.  How alive it all is.

OK, J.    So I've been worrying over so many things lately.  Thinking about how to bring joy into every day and lively learning into every class....when here's the answer, right in front of me:  immersion.

Oh, right.  I forgot: the best way to learn is to do.

So, J, you were right.  Focus on being present, on doing the music & dance right now, on being right in the game with the kids--and we all end up being students,  we all end up learning from each other, we all find joy and fun in the learning.

Help me to remember that, OK?

Thanks, J.

more, later.

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