Happy Independence Day!

2817823792_e8ce4d04e5“Where liberty dwells, there is my country…”

– Benjamin Franklin


Hope you and your families have a safe and happy holiday!



The Birthday of Andrés Segovia


SEGOVIA, ANDRES 1963       © ERLING MANDELMANNAndrés Segovia was born on this date, February 21, 1893. He brought our world beautiful music by elevating the status of the classical guitar. Rest in peace Maestro. We are forever grateful for the impact your life has had on ours.

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.”  

– Andrés Segovia

Quotable Tuesday – Haim Ginott

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today our quote comes from the great Israeli psychologist and school teacher Haim Ginott.  He was a pioneer in studying ways to better converse with children.  Enjoy!

haim-ginott“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  It is my personal approach that creates the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.  As a teacher I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.” ― Haim Ginott

Question: If Ginott’s words are true, what is this single biggest thing that you can do to set the tone/atmosphere of your classroom?

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Quotable Tuesday – Goethe

Welcome to a new segment of the blog called “Quotable Tuesday” (at least until I can come up with a better title!)  Each week I’ll post a great quote about music, or life in general that can hopefully give you a boost as you recover from Monday.  Today our quote comes from the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose writings inspired a number of musical works by great composers like Beethoven, Mozart, and a number of other German musical masters.  Enjoy!

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What would you add as a daily dose to your life?