Yesterday, I was thinking a lot about my professional development for this summer. I posted a few comments @mrsbrownmusic  throughout the afternoon and caught up on some of the people I follow. Being on twitter reminded me of the #musedchat that happens Monday evenings at 8:00 EST.

As I joined the #musedchat about professional development for teachers over the summer, @jimfrankel of @SoundTree prop0sed an idea I hadn’t considered in the past.

@jimfrankel said: “Ideal World – compose music. EVERY teacher should. Makes it much easier to get your students composing when you do.” #musedchat about 16 hours ago via TweetDeck

Me? Compose? I’ve composed the requisite 8 measure phrases (maybe 16?) as a part of college music theory classes 20 years ago. I’ve also arranged music in both undergrad and graduate studies. I came to the realization with that tweet that if I teach my students composition, I need to compose myself: real, creative composing. It’s completely out of my comfort zone.

I decided right after the chat that if I was ever going to get started, I needed to do so right away. This summer is a perfect time! I signed into my @noteflight account and got started. About an hour and a half or so later, I’d come up with the following. It’s a start!


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