Chasing Content – November 2009

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I’m hauling out the big machinery for this month’s installment of Chasing Content.

It’s time to excavate some of my past posts that would otherwise stay buried in the archives of Silent Cacophony.

So, grab a shovel and help me to unearth these gems. You can read all of the posts from last November or just these favourites.

And while we are digging through the archives, please leave comments. I always love to hear what you have to say.

Reclaimed My Name – Silent Cacophony has a long history that predates this blog. It feels like this term should be mine and mine alone. At first, it wasn’t. But now if you Google it or my name, the first several hits are all me. I reclaimed my name and it feels great!

Take a Moment – My students got a lot out of a visit from local war veterans on Remembrance Day last year. This is a cute story and a great post to revisit at this time of year.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Music Class – Music doesn’t need to be a scary subject to teach. You don’t have to have any talent or passion to teach it to your students. This post is for all the reluctant classroom teachers who find themselves without a music teacher in their schools.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Song Maps – Song maps are easily to create and  a fun way to learn a song with your class. Try one out!

Writing Helps – I am so thankful to have this blog. The act of writing helps me to figure things out. I like being able to look back at what I have written to see what I was thinking and feeling at the time, which of course is another reason I do this monthly feature. I hope you enjoy it too.

2 responses to “Chasing Content – November 2009”

  1. Hi Chase .. I went over to the Song Maps .. and loved your process there .. great idea ..

    and I went over to the music one .. are you using the same signs a deaf person would use? again I thought the concept was good ..

    & how did your school wide Choir go last year?

    See I did read and look!! Cheers .. hope you and they had good Halloweens .. Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Thanks for digging through the archives with me.

    The school wide choir turned out quite well. It was a lot of work and some of the classes didn't completely pull their weight. But, it worked.

    Halloween was great. Thanks for asking.

    Here is some info about the hand signs,

    "The Kodály approach emphasizes the importance of learning how to sing on pitch. In the 18th century, John Spencer Curwen drew upon an earlier music teaching system known as Norwich Sol-fa, which had been devised by Sarah Glover, and developed hand signs to go with the solfege syllables (do re mi, etc.). Kodály integrated these hand signs into his teaching methods.

    Hand signs are a way of giving a physical placement for a vocal pitch. The low "do" begins at your midsection. Each pitch is then above the previous one. Thus, you have the hand signs going up when the pitch goes up. The upper "do" is at eye level."

    – taken from

    I hope you have a great day!