These are my notes from Carol Broos‘ presentation, “Infusing the Arts in the Common Core” on February 28 2013 at the ICE 2013 conference in Chicago. Carol is @musictechie on Twitter. Resources for this session are available on Carol’s wiki. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.


Let Me Tell MY Story” (2010)

Get RIPped: Rigor, Innovation, and Passion (2011 KEYNOTE)

Literacy to Transliteracy
- I am really into transliteracy now
- it’s not about being literate in ONE format
- it means everything is supported: words, audio
- means ‘across or through’
- read across everything
WikiPedia definition:

You really shortchange your students when you ask them to use images off Google and someone else’

writing music is easier than writing a story

Imperial March from Star Wars is 3 notes
- music is doing LESS
- in music: silence is as important as sound
- write music with three notes, and repeat it (you’re supposed

Beethoven’s 5th Symphony based on 3 note repeat

No one says “I can’t take a picture” anymoe” (remember those days gone by!)

EVerything revolves around a story
- music is a story
- music makes laughter
- music makes emotion
- don’t just teach “this is a C” or “this is an A” (if you do, no wonder kids hate your class!)
- kis want to compose!

First thing I started with: Sound Effects
- 5 sentences and 5 sound effects

- picture stories

- content

All my kids over time learned to write stories through music
- I taught them everything in music should tell a story

Color project
- take pictures of purple
- started visually first
- add music later

Other times kids start with a story first
- then the story tells them what to get pictures of

Whip My Hair

The Last Switch
- switch is a soft drink


Projects that Work

“Color My World”

Management of devices:
- if you send kids out with devices “without a purpose” you will get photos of the bathroom and kids rolling on the floor
- I made my students “scout for their photos”
- kids had to ran around and take their photos: I just had 2 cameras in my room
- kids had to work on other things until they had scouted for their photos

Take your own pictures
- it’s powerful when you have and use your OWN pictures and your own art

If I gave you a box of crayons, would you use every one? Don’t use all the notes on the musical staff either
- art and music are about silence and deletion: silence is key

Take your OWN pictures, compose your OWN music, create your OWN movies, draw your OWN logo

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