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Creativity & Problem Solving – Dr. Pogonowski

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Week 14 – December 9, 2010 

Summary: Today we got a chance to hear from Keisha, who shared her final project with us. She designed a creative teaching strategy that the entire class was able to try out. Here are the recordings from the class: Matt & Brittany - Ocean Ji Hye & Adam - Thunder Cynthia & Ji Hae - …

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Week 13 – December 2, 2010 

Summary: After briefly discussing the upcoming carol sing and some ideas for repertoire for this event, we began by handing out the override sheets for Creative Strategies for Teaching Musical Skills. This is an override so you can register before you officially complete this course. Fill it out and bring it back to the music …

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Week 12 – November 18, 2010 

Summary: Prior to diving into the bulk of the class, the following was presented as a response to the critical thinking & musical listening handout: How can you integrate critical thinking and listening in your K-12 classroom? A summary of the general response is as follows: The feedback you will receive, based on the prior …

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Week 11 – November 11, 2010 

Summary: We handed out the critical thinking & musical listening handout for outside reading. Then, to get back into discussing the Langer book, Dr. Pogonowski drew everyone's attention back to the found sound projects from earlier in the semester to demonstrate the designing of a series of activities that promoted mindful learning. How did we …

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Week 10 – November 4, 2010 

Summary: We first spent some time going over the final projects. Two portions, pre/in-service portion & short report synthesis. They are due the last day of class. We then heard from Brittany, who shared the last of the pitch class assignments. Brittany - Voice Very expressive. Effective text, almost hopeful. The music gave it an …

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Week 9 – October 28, 2010 

Summary: We began by finishing the pitch class assignments. Cynthia - Piano Almost made the listener forget that there were only five pitches used due to things like the range, deliberate harmonic changes. Had a very specific haunting mood at times. Didn't want to be Impressionistic but it was hard to get away from this. …

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Week 8 – October 21, 2010 

Summary: We moved right into going through the rest of the pitch class assignments. Stephanie - Flute Seemed like something that would make a good soundtrack. A big contrast from her previous piece. Sounded almost like it could be played as a fugue with other flutists. James - Viola Almost reminiscent of a dirge or …

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Summary: We started with the two pieces we hadn't yet had a chance to hear from the previous assignment. Ji Hae - Piano Fun and definitely portraying excitement. Good use of the rhythm from the original piece. Very full texture. The contrast between sections was very seamless. Almost palindromic in form. James - Viola Creative …

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Week Six – October 7, 2010 

Summary: We began by discussing the short reports and blogs. These assignments help to foster metacognition (thinking about thinking) and demonstrate the reflective nature of the class in a positive way. How can you foster this kind of learning in your students and create more intrinsic than extrinsic motivation? Going off of last week, we …

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Week 5 – September 30, 2010 

Summary: Dr. Pogonowski began the class with foreshadowing for future assignments that will deal with pitch classes. The future assignment is to pick any of the following pitch classes (C, D, E, F#, G#) and compose one movement for your major instrument. This is not due during Week 6. We then heard the last of …

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Week 4: September 23, 2010 

Summary We began with our I Am statements, with examples of said statements provided to better illustrate the statements. We then moved on to hear the duet/trio performances. Dr. Pogonowski gave us all some guidelines by which we could give feedback: -- Analytical: more technical responses -- Judicial: what did you personally like about it? …

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Week 3: September 16, 2010 

Summary: We began with a fun activity, working in partners or trios, by pretending that one member was molding clay and the other(s) were sculptors charged with creating a sculpture out of the clay. ¬†from CAL to do sculpture shaping in groups of 2 and one trio. From then we moved onto our I Am …

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Week 2: September 9, 2010 

Summary: We began today's class by distributing teaching certification information. If you are pre-service, it is very important to that material prior to the meeting near the end of September. We then began the bulk of the work by a brief review of assignment for this week. What did we think when we were working …

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Week 1: September 2, 2010 

Summary: Throughout this class we will be exploring our own creativity & can help each other by being positive, confident, and helping our peers build courage. We can create musical interest through the manipulation of these musical variables: dynamics, pitch, tempo, texture, and rhythm, among others. We started out by observing a siren from outside …

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