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Signs and Symbols of a Music Teacher

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I am currently participating in a Ed Tech Creative Collective, an online class out of Great Britain led by Colin Maxwell. My hope is to broaden my technology skills with a global project.

The first assignment is to make two signs with the graphics tool of our choice. This is part of my swiss cheese, I have limited technology skills when dealing with images, graphics, and/or photography. I rarely work with images, since I am a music teacher by profession. But, in this digital age we ALL have to be somewhat literate in music AND art. So, here is goes. I worked on this for over two days. Here are some of the beginning signs and symbols. These were all created in http://www.sumopaint.com







Here’s “staffy,” created in Text Art.  The symbol has five  lines – to represent the music staff. As the lines descend, they become clearer and clearer, to represent as we play and understand music, it becomes clearer to us.  I had many other staffs, some in different colors, some hand drawn, etc. Then I decided I had to much going on, so I created the entire file in black and white, making the blurring the important feature.

By importing the first symbol “staffy,”  I now can surround it by the rewind, play, and fast forward symbols. This represents the past, present, and future of music.

Ironically, it has taken me over an hour to get the FULL picture in this blogpost because it is not the standard square. There’s my 10%, creating and having excellence to get it the way I want it.

I have been so obsessed with this project, that I need to step back and let it sit for a while and see if it needs anymore work.


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  1. Have you seen the artwork of Wassily Kandinsky? He painted ‘music’. A lot of his artwork is based on music and is very abstract. He was probably a synesthete and could ‘see’ music. We use his work as inspiration in teaching graphic design and often do an exercise where students try to represent a piece of music as abstract visuals.

  2. I agree with your comments about all teachers having to have a set of broader skills. In the UK JISC are doing a lot of a work exploring digital literacies (my job involves supporting FE & HE in Scotland to use learning technologies) – http://bit.ly/hUY8ph

    I consider myself to be a bit of a ” Hybrid” having started following a career in Hospitality, moving on to a career teaching hospitality in Further Education in Scotland and now career in eLearning. There are more an more “hybrid” types but not as a result of much planned CPD from institutions more because of personal interest. These people are perhaps better placed to take advantage of opportunities like this one presented by Colin through this creative collective. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2011/09/oer.aspx

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