Just when I thought teaching 6th grade music was dull.

Just when I thought teaching 6th grade music was dull.

scienceisbeauty:

A ill (or pregnant) Matryoshka doll produces the effect of infinite mirror, makes some sense.

scienceisbeauty:

A ill (or pregnant) Matryoshka doll produces the effect of infinite mirror, makes some sense.

chescaleigh:

upworthy:

A Really Easy Chart To Help Americans Understand One Particular ‘Fashion’ Statement

Halloween is right around the corner folks…

My arrangement of Joe Hisashi’s “Waltz of Chihiro” from the film “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki. For intermediate level groups.

Instrumentation:

Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Vibraphone
Marimba
Marimba 2

love-you-meanit:

I was analyzing music for class tomorrow when THIS happened…

(via marchingtheinspiration)

suzythered:

Here’s a couple of pictures I took back in May of the ongoing excavation of James Fort/Jamestown. This is the cellar where archaeologists made the gruesome discovery of the body of an approximately 14-year-old female whose remains had clear indicators of butchery.

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Named “Jane” by the researchers who examined her, she is the only known victim of survival cannibalism at the settlement, though texts from the time suggest other individuals suffered the same fate during the period known as the Starving Time. Jane’s cause of death is unknown, and it is not certain whether her death was directly related to survival cannibalism or if she died of other causes before her remains were eaten (though the latter is more likely).

Jane’s skull (as well as several other bones that show obvious cut marks) are currently on display at The Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. Pictures are not allowed within this museum, but more images (and discussion) of her remains can be found here and the press release about the discovery and analysis can be found here.

(via archaeochick)

I arranged this piece for my middle school’s marimba band/percussion ensemble. Our marimba band is open to all band students grades 6 to 8. It’s a pretty easy piece to ease in the 6th graders.

Instrumentation:
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Vibraphone
Marimba 1
Marimba 2

paleoillustration:

Realistic head reconstructions by Adrie and Alfons Kennis.

obi-wanker-nobi:

My phone is more immature than I am.

obi-wanker-nobi:

My phone is more immature than I am.

localbandnerd:

I’m sorry

diananock:

~*~science jokes~*~

(But seriously, if you’re not watching Cosmos, you really should be! It’s free!!!)

My progress on the spida toss. I’m still not that good at it but I’ll keep practicing!

An update on my teaching experiences

A few of have you have requested that I keep you updated on my percussion instructor job(s) so here ya go!

I’ll get started with my full time job. As most of you know I am a battery instructor for a high school but that is something I do part time in the evenings and on certain weekends. I make a living off of being a full time TA for a middle school band director. I love it. My job is 50% teaching all of the percussionists while my director deals with brass and woodwinds, 10% tuning percussion instruments (including piano), 10% general instrument upkeep, 10% arranging music for percussion ensemble, and 20% being an office bitch. Minus having to listen to “Heart and Soul” being played at least seven times a day, getting back sassed, and listening to 6th graders play “Hot cross buns” for the first time it really is an ace job. I had all summer off but I started work again this Wednesday and I love it.

The drumline and front ensemble I instruct (with my awesome captionhead and pit instructor) is fucking bomb this year. Couldn’t be more proud of those kids. My captionhead wrote the pit and battery parts for the opener and ballad but I was in charge of writing the parts for the closer and I threw in some lovely snare visuals all up in there. Not to mention all of the paradiddle work bwahaha. 

Oh and I’ve hit eight months with my perfect girlfriend today who loves and appreciates my music and kids. Thanks for putting up with listening to me practice all the time, I love you :)

In a nutshell my life is bitchin right now.

absurdhowl:

psychokeller:

An anthropological parody band called The New Ethnographers 

yes. i support this.