Today I learned that a composer named Erwin Schulhoff wrote a completely tacet piece as the third movement of his “Fünf Pittoresken" for piano. His piece pre-dates John Cage’s 4’33” by 30 years, and is actually much more suggestive as to how the silence should be shaped, containing really complex rhythmic rests and lines to the rests. His successful career was cut short due to the Rise of the Nazi Regime in Germany and their strict rules on music, and because of this, his pieces are very rarely played or referenced to.
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Funniest story of the year:
I was teaching 16th notes to my Tuesday 4th graders, using the Peanut butter Pie poem.
"Peannut butter pie, peanut butter pie.
I sure love my peanut butter pie.
Yes, I’m guilty, no alibi,
I ate all the peanut butter pie.”
I had it up on the board and I said it a few times with the class repeating after. At this point, one of the little boys raises his hand.
Him: “I can’t say those words.”
Me: “Why not? You were doing just fine.”
Him: “Peanut butter is offensive because I’m allergic.”
No joke. He actually told me that he found the words ‘peanut butter’ offensive because of his allergies. It was very hard not to laugh at how adorable and strange that was.
And another video of the same class. It was reslly something to see!
People think horrid things about teachers. And people always say horrid things about us. Well, one of my schools has been asking for input and someone just sent this email:
“Like it’s going to matter what we think?!? :-)”
Note - one of the TEACHERS sent that email. Because we KNOW that they don’t care. Administration has no fucks to give about us. And it’s depressing as hell.
Last video. Hahaha. But it’s just amazing how they dove right into it!
Another video showing how great these 3rd graders are!
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My colleague is out today, so her class watched STOMP. I thought this was too cute to pass up. Improv, creating, teamwork…these 3rd graders are fantastic.