Notes on the Staff Twister



ArkMEA Fall InService 2015

On Thursday November 5th, I had to the pleasure of going to the ArkMEA Fall Conference.


Legendary Leaders in Bass:

This highlighted the history of the bass guitar. From mo-town to slap bass. They incorporated music educators in there address making there address more interactive.


Salsa for Kids!:

In this session we looked through the book of Freddie the Frog. The newest book talk about Reggie. We salsa danced and played different rhythms with different instruments. Something I learned about this session is that sometimes children have a hard time talking to the teacher or to anyone. Having someone like Freddy could help the child open up.


Drumbeat for Success: Teaching Good Character through Rhythm, Song, and Dance:

This was a very fun interactive session. They incorporated instruments and rhythm to be able to also learn about good character. I have a lot of trouble with rhythm in general but was able to pick up most of the rhythms easily(I even had a solo!) so I believe children could pick up the rhythm fairly easy.


Featured Concert: Southside Fort Smith Band


Feature Concert: Runaway Planet


Empowering your Ensemble with Student Leadership

This session talked about the Southside band and how they have been helping there students’ success.

Final Thoughts:

I wish I was able to spend more time at the conference and be able to talk to Victor Wooten. However, I loved the conference. Ours days in college are so stressful and full of so much activity, sometimes we lose sight of what we are aiming for. Being able to go to conferences like this remind me of my goals. I want to be able to teach music with as much passion as the educator that took time to come to the conference. I want to be able to teach with as much enthusiasm as the people doing the guest speaking. I can’t wait to become an educator.


Rethinking Music Education

Taylor, R. (2015, September). Rethinking music education in the 21st century. Segue, 28-30.

Synopsis: In Taylor’s, Rethinking music Education (September 2015), he provides ideas for teaching music in new ways.


  • Victor Wooten wrote The Music Lesson, a novel about a struggling musician that told a story and let readers arrive at the “truth” on their own.
  • In music there are no beginners: They are experienced in music but expressing it in a new way.
  • Students should actively participate in their own instruction: “Students have something valuable to contribute to their own education in music; it is our job to help them discover what that is”
  • Music education should privilege playing not just practicing: We don’t allow room for true playing, we focus a lot more on the lecture or demonstrating. When we do play almost always in a regimented (military) fashion.
  • Above all, listen: Focus on how to listen well to what others in the band are playing.
  • Music is Emotion: Our own emotional and psychological realities could affect how we play the music. Roles should be discussed in connection with music performances.

Follow Up:

This article has had me look at teaching in new way. Teaching is ever evolving. As a teacher, I have to be able to change my teaching in way to better my students. I would like to be able to expand on the ideas that were stated in the article.



“In our ideal world, the best of the traditional pedagogy merges with the best of the new and innovative.”(29)

“Students have something valuable to contribute to their own education in music; it is our job to help them discover what that is” (29)

“We emphasis correct technique and proper note selection, but many successful musicians credit their ability to listen to their band mates as a defining factor in getting and keeping a gig.” (30)

“Music is a sound first, one that can transform an audience through emotional and psychological connections.” (30)

Don’t Worry, Be Happy!!


  1. Listen to Don’t Worry, Be Happy
  2. How does this song make you feel?
  3. Play on BoomWhackers. Listen before playing to figure out the pattern.
  4. As the song is playing improvise rhythmic patterns that would fit the song.

CR.1.3.1 Improvise more complex melodic and rhythmic patterns

R.7.3.3 Describe personal responses to music, referencing applicable elements of music