On our purposes

I spent the week week reading some of the work of Linda Darling-Hammond, an education scholar, and Elliot Eisner, an arts education scholar, both with connections to Stanford.  On some levels it is validating to read what these scholars published a while back as aligned with my own thoughts and musings of our education systems, how my current music department fits within out version of the system, and how we created this murk.

I’ll be using this week of Easter – new beginnings – to revise the literature review segment of my comps.  I would still like to get my hands onto some of the work of Gaylene Carpenter – some of her more meaty explorations.  I do have access to journal articles.  But, what can we learn and what can we create with our community agencies to offer and provide our citizens a music performance and training perspective?  And, one that will also prepare them for an academic major or emphasis in music, should they decide to take that route?


About mundyviar

Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a newly relocated music teacher in the Palm Springs Unified School District of California, USA. For the past 18 years, he served the students and families within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. In this role, he discovered the need for a reevaluation of the roles, purposes, and directions of scholastic music in a changing community and in a changing economy. The direction of his doctoral work was largely influenced by this experience. He researches the attitudes, levels of satisfaction, and lifelong learning effects of music training both inside and outside of the traditional school experience, with an eye on the roles that community based organizations may play in this. Prior to his assignment as a public school music teacher, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally revered youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, also based in Concord, California, USA. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps was reinvigorated and performed with renewed excitement, proficiency, and levels of success. Under Dr. Viar's guidance, BDB performed in the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Orlando, Florida, and the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a graduate of the Transformative Inquiry Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (PhD) in San Francisco, California, USA. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley; Single Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area College of Chapman University in Orange, California; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond, Virginia, USA.
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