01/14/12 MIE Concert
The MIE Department has been kicking around an idea to produce a MIE “concert” this Spring. One of our grad students, violinist Rob Flax, sent us the following (AMAZING!) pitch:
This concert centers around two concepts central to the Music In Education’s core: “Music + Music Integration” and “Artist-Teacher-Scholar.” Music + Music Integration is the belief that education in any subject becomes enriched when injected with music and, conversely, that music is a powerful tool that can be used to create interdisciplinary connections. An Artist-Teacher-Scholar is a complete musician, who uses skills from each arena to enrich the others, e.g. the artistry of teaching, the scholarship of artistry, etc.
Each piece performed is developed with/around MIE concepts: perhaps the music serves as a teaching tool for learning another subject (e.g. Rob Flax’s “Chess Piece” explores the sounds of chess, and “Autumn Leaves” can be used as a ‘Power Song’ for a unit on harmony), or perhaps the concept for the piece arose from a teaching concept (e.g. the “Cups Piece”).
Basically, [we] want pieces that (a) can be used to teach other things, (b) are examples of teaching influencing artistry, and/or (c) demonstrations of pure artistic prowess by folks otherwise labeled as “teachers.”
We will let you know as this idea develops!