Notes from the Staff

Notes from the Staff

Conversations about music pedagogy, music theory, ear training, and music technology with members of the uTheory staff and thought leaders from the world of music education.

Episodes

June 15, 2022 41 min

Leah, David and Greg reflect back on favorite moments of first season of Notes from the Staff, and chat about coming features for uTheory.

Links:

Solfege Sally

uTheory.com

Show notes:

0:00:00 Theme Song

0:00:20 Introductions

0:01:00 How David jumped in and sang a Mozart Requiem with Greg on 5 minutes notice

0:03:45 Reflecting on the 2022 Pedagogy in Practice conference

0:05:30 Favorite moments from season one of Notes from the Staf...

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David Newman shares his music theory and aural skills teaching songs, as well as some of the stories behind them, in this laughter-filled episode of Notes from the Staff.

Links:

The Well Trained Ear on BandCamp

David Newman on YouTube

Show notes:

0:00:20 Introductions

0:02:03 How did you begin writing teaching songs?

0:03:48 David's most popular song: The Periodic Table Rap

0:11:00 Greg and Leah's favorite songs of David

0:...

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May 15, 2022 73 min

Jed Dearybury, author of The Playful Classroom and The Power of Play for All Ages joins us to talk about how bringing play into classrooms--no matter the age or level--leads to deeper, more engaged and more joyful learning.

Links:

Jed Dearybury’s webpage: https://www.mrdearybury.com/

The Playful Classroom: https://theplayfulclassroom.com/

Jed’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrdearybury

Jed's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/chan...

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Dr. Megan Kaes Long of Oberlin Conservatory joins us to talk about the earliest system of Western solfege, hexachordal solmization, and recent trends in music theory pedagogy.

Links:

Dr. Megan Kaes Long's Oberlin Faculty Page

Long, Megan Kaes. Hearing Homophony: Tonal Expectations at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century

Early Music Sources: Solmization in the 16th Century 

Smith, Anne. The Performance of 16th Century Music

Orlan...

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Leah Sheldon shares tips for going beyond bake sales to build a sustainable fundraising model that can support a vibrant music program.

Like what you're hearing? Have topics you want to hear more about? Drop us a note at notes@utheory.com.

Show Notes:

00:00: Introductions

03:28 What does the fundraising landscape look like these days?

04:00 Traditional fundraising: Sales and Raffles

06:00: How to choose the right time and t...

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Eurhythmics teaches music through movement, improvisation and play. In this episode, Greg Ristow shares some favorite games for teaching solfege drawn from the Dalcroze approach to music education.

Videos:

Bodyfege for teaching solfege: https://youtu.be/ArVsGHZ8pTE

Doop Canon for teaching Quarter, Eighth, Half and Whole Notes: https://youtu.be/kj7tNtNHeVM

Links:

Urista, Diane. The Moving Body in the Aural Skills Classroom

Ristow, G...

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Rhythm counting systems: what they are, how we use them, and why might we choose one over another. We break down the plethora of approaches (including 1-e-&-a, Takadimi, Gordon, Kodály, and Orff) into groups, and share tips from our own experience teaching these from preschool to college. 

Links:

Free Printable Rhythm Resources on uTheory

Eastman/1-ti-te-ta Counting System

Traditional American/1-e-&-a Counting System

Gordon...

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What is perfect pitch and why do some people have it when others don't? How does it work and is it possible to learn it? In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth West Marvin (Eastman School of Music, and an author of the Musician's Guide series of textbooks) answers these questions and more.

Links:

Elizabeth West Marvin's Faculty Page at Eastman

Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis 

Marvin, Elizabeth West. Absolute Pitch Perce...

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February 15, 2022 57 min

Veteran music educator Denise Eaton shares a plethora of tips on how to teach sight singing in choral rehearsals, gleaned from her nearly thirty years of leading high school choirs. She's written down this approach in her SMART, STEPS, and InSIGHT sight singing books, which she created to help high school choral conductors like herself overcome the challenges of building independent musicians.

Links:

Denise Eaton's website:...

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Dr. Andrew Machamer joins us to talk about how to teach and build the skills students need to be successful sight readers, not just for contest, but for life.

Show Notes

00:00 Intro

0:26 Welcome/Introductions

0:30 Introducing Andrew Machamer, Asst. Prof. of Music Education at Baldwin Wallace

1:45 What do you teach at BW? Band music ed. faculty, teach instrumental methods, woodwind methods, oversee student teaching placements and su...

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Solfege systems: why we use them, what their particular strengths are, and why you might pick one system over another. We even touch on that hot-button topic of perfect pitch. If you’ve got strong feelings on the Moveable Do vs Fixed Do debate, this is the episode for you! Join David Newman, Leah Sheldon and Greg Ristow for this lively conversation.   Show Notes 00:20 - Introductions and what is Notes from the Staff?
  • Greg: Notes fr...
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    January 3, 2022 1 min

    Leah Sheldon and Greg Ristow introduce a new podcast from the creators of uTheory.com.

    Notes from the Staff features conversations about pedagogy, music theory, ear training, music technology and more. In our first episode, which lands Jan. 15, uTheory team member David Newman joins us to talk about solfege systems: what are they, why do we use them, and which one is best? In our second episode, Leah and Greg talk with Dr. Andrew M...

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