Friday, July 13, 2018

Summer Reading

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I love my summers!  The first part we spent in Maine - my home state.  We go almost every summer, for 2 weeks, and rent a cottage on an island.  It is truly amazing.

I always pick some summer reading - some that is required by my school - this year is Disney, other summers we have read books by Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, or other books on parenting or educational thought or trends. This summer I chose to read World Music Pedagogy Volumes 1 and 2, and For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood. I have already read the World Music Pedagogy Vol. 2 and really loved a lot of what was in there!!  I am taking the Vol. 1 and the other book with me to Finland.  I have a 9 hour layover (!!) in Stockholm and am not looking forward to it so am planning on finalizing my new book about Singing Games from Around the World (not titled yet), and we begin editing this fall! I am also going to read some of these on the plane and during that layover, too!

 It has been a difficult summer to sit down and read - gone to Maine for 2 weeks, home for 2 weeks, gone to the beach for a week, home for a week, going to Finland for 2 weeks, etc. Difficult to find time and other distractions - garden, crafts, jewelry to make, fun to be had with my daughter, etc., often get in the way! 
So, what are you reading this summer?


  1. Your pictures from Maine are always stunning! I'm actually reading the same books- the Emdin book I found particularly powerful. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I love the World Music Pedagogy books but the other book I am struggling with. Part of my struggle seems to be that the book is focused on high school students. The other part I am struggling with is that he seems to disregard teacher expectations in parts of the book. It is not an easy read as there is a great deal of specialized language - nonidigeniety, etc. Basic ideas are solid and I so very much appreciate his focus on students and it is very powerful! What did you think?


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