Vol. 2 | No. 13 | By Tyler Hudson, UNT Music Ed. Student '23
When considering classroom culture, it is important to also consider the students we address daily, as we strive for inclusion within our community. As listed below, there are many areas of growth to create safe spaces for students. By getting rid of “preferred” alongside name/pronoun fields, we remove the apparent “option” that is implied to disrespect someone’s identity or chosen name. Furthermore, by only collecting and sharing info that is directly pertinent to a specific task (ex. legal name for school attendance or a student’s autism for accommodations), we create a classroom that encourages and celebrates each individual’s humanity by recognizing their individuality first. Below, you will find a handy chart to provide some pointers in the path to cultivating inclusivity in within your own classroom:
Vol. 1 | No. 12 | By Grecia Melendez
Musicians are constantly practicing to maintain and improve their skills on their musical instrument. From student to professional, practice is necessary to keep up with their projects and development. Without the proper care for breaks, it is easy to face frustration, exhaustion, and burnout. Over time, you could face performance health challenges that affect your physical and mental well-being.
Vol. 1 | No. 11 | By Grecia Melendez
Practice can come in several forms such as daily warm ups and technical studies. It can be mental preparation, or even listening, for performance practice. There are many ways to approach practice, and it is important to have a combination of different practice methods to be a well rounded musician.
Vol. 1 | No. 10 | By Grecia Melendez
Have you ever stopped and considered what all goes into performing arts from the performer’s perspective? Think about all the muscles used to produce a sound or perform technical passages. What about the mental preparation performers work on order to execute their craft? Vocalists, pianists, clarinetists, and other instrumentalists face unique challenges in order to manipulate their instruments to perform properly. Being a performer can be seen as an occupation. Just as other occupations have their challenges, such as food service workers with repetitive stress injuries and construction workers with back injury, musicians and performers have their own. Understanding the health of performing artists can help prevent serious injuries in their profession.
Vol. 1 | No. 9 | By Grecia Melendez
Do you ever stop and wonder why there are military bands? Maybe you have seen an advertisement for an upcoming concert in your community featuring an Army Band, or perhaps seen the Marine Band performing during the Presidential Inauguration earlier this year. Wherever you may have encountered a military band, whether in person or through media engagement, I’m sure you have noticed the following: they’re military, they wear the uniform, and they inspire a sense of patriotism in you.
Vol. 1 | No. 8 | TUX People's Music Team