Monday, June 1, 2015
The art in the video is by Helen Frankenthaler (December 12, 1928 – December 27, 2011): an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Having exhibited her work for over six decades (early 1950s until 2011), she spanned several generations of abstract painters while continuing to produce vital and ever-changing new work. (wiki)
Included in the video are two photos of Frankenthaler.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Seven Cities of Gold is a myth that led to several expeditions by adventurers and conquistadors in the 16th century. It is also featured in several works of popular culture. According to legend, the seven cities of gold could be found in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, June 27, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
"Imaginary Friends" is a 2011 song that I wrote with Matt Glickstein. I wrote the lyrics and Matt the music. In 2012, it was named a Semi-Finalist in lyrics category of the UK Songwriting Contest. These demos were recorded earlier this year, and they have been entered into 2014 contest's adult contemporary category.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
On March 18, I took several of the band students to a solo and ensemble contest where they performed a variety of solos, duets, and trios for judges and were scored. All together we were awarded 12 ribbons- 10 "excellent" ratings and two, top scoring, "superior" ratings. It was a good day for the HMS Band!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s 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. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
Friday, November 29, 2013
A month or so ago, one of my songwriting partners, Matt Glickstein, asked me to help provide lyrics to a melody he had conceived. He was wanting to create a song for his students at the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts in Hawaii to perform. We worked together and came up with a song called "The True Meaning of Christmas." Matt had the kids recorded a demo recording, and they plan to perform the song several times during the Holiday season. One of these performances will be at a special Christmas concert appearance by up-and-coming jazz artist Brenna Whitaker. We are very proud of the kids and of the message behind the song. Stay tuned for more updates...
"The True Meaning of Christmas"
Performed by students of the Lanai Academy of Performing Arts
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My General Music Classes recently finished a unit on "Rhythm" and "Pitch." The culminating activity was to have them read and perform simple melodies from sheet music on pitched tubes ("Boom Whackers") and xylophones (bells). The students seemed to have learned a great deal in a short amount of time and were able to play these simple melodies with minimal instruction- a good sign that they understand the concepts we've been working on. It's always difficult to have this much activity in a classroom, but the organized chaos seemed to be well worth the effort! Next week, we start a unit on Music History!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
"Ghosts" was the first song that I wrote with composer Matt Glickstein. We have since written many songs together long distance (Matt lives in Hawaii and I live in TN). This song ("Ghosts") was written in the summer of 2011. It was nominated as "Best of SongU.com" in 2011 and was named a semi-finalist in the adult contemporary category of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2012. Jon Statham provided vocals and guitar on this demo. Matt played piano.
music and lyrics copyright 2011 Glickstein/Spraggins