Archive | October, 2010

Music and Arts…Helping Answer the Question of Where Entrepreneurs Come From.

By Mark T. Burke Last night, I had the pleasure of presenting the viaAcademies story to a team of leaders at Bloomsburg University.  The team included the Provost, Deans and Department Chairs.  My role in the meeting was to discuss our story to help answer the question “Where Do Entrepreneurs Come From?”  Why is this […]

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Electives RULE….But Where is Music?

By Mark T. Burke Small schools, small staff, small budgets. Add into the mix energetic, creative kids with TONS of varied interest.  What do you get? Unfortunately, you get the perfect picture of what many rural schools look like.  Kids with all kinds of interests and energy to put toward those interests sitting with their […]

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Hey MOM, where’s my horn?….I have a lesson today.

By Mark T. Burke This is a s scene that sends bolts of career-ending fear though every music teacher. Why is it that kids seem so disconnected from their instruments between lessons? I had a great conversation with Becky Ciabattari, colleague at viaAcademies about the key challenges music teachers face.  It was pretty easy to […]

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Make Music Click…In-service Day in Central PA

By Mark T. Burke Nineteen teachers from 5 school districts in Central PA joined us at the BLaST IU 17 offices in Williamsport, PA for a day of musical in-service.  We covered current topics and music technology including: O’Generator:  African and Latin PercussionKaossilator:  Touch Pad SynthesizerGarageBand:  Apple’s music sequencer (MAC)Mixcraft:  Acoutica’s music sequencer (PC) We […]

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