My Music Classroom

Well, after moving across the country and preparing for and teaching my first week of school, I’ve finally come up for air.  I thought you might like to see my classroom and where those quilts went.  As you can see, there is a space theme going on here.Music can take you to exciting placesIMG_1213IMG_1216IMG_1221IMG_1222IMG_1214

Fabric works great for covering bulletin boards.  This space themed line of fabric is from Connecting Threads.  IMG_1215IMG_1217IMG_1218

One of the first things I teach is how to say my name.  It’s easy for the kids, but still hard for the adults!IMG_1220

I will be joining the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge starting on Sept 1.  I think this is the 5th time I have participated, so I didn’t want to miss it.  I don’t know how I’ll have time, but let’s just say my “paintings” will be small and simple.  I look forward to re-connecting with all my artist friends.

1st Composer of the Month

I know it looks like I’m getting a lot of things done, but as soon as school starts, I know I won’t have any time for any “extras”.   Here is more artwork I have done for the school music website I am building.  John Williams will be our first “composer of the month”.  I thought he would go along with our music room space theme ( you know Star Wars and all).  So here is my John Williams “doodle”.John Williams color doodle by Pam Schoessow

Not Retired Anymore!

I have been absent from the blog “scene” for sometime, and I apologize.  But I have been busy.  My last post was about my retirement from my long arm quilting business (at least for the immediate future).  But now I have a new career.  I have been hired by the Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV) to teach in an elementary school of 900 students.  And I teach them all!    I am their new music teacher.  I am an Orff specialist (you can google that!) teaching general music to grades Kindergarten to 5th grade.  I will also teach choir and a select percussion ensemble.  It’s what I did before I became a professional quilter.  But I am not done with quilting.   So what would a music teacher/quilter do?   Make quilts to decorate her classroom, of course!  Here is the first.  It’s going on the wall next to my classroom door.  I’ll be showing a few more of my creations in the next few days.

What ever music classroom needs!   Original design by Pam Schoessow

What every music classroom needs!
Original design by Pam Schoessow

Day 27: Sax Serenade

Something different today.  I needed to take a little break from the animals, but we are still making music!

Sax Serenade 8" x 8" watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Sax Serenade 8″ x 8″ watercolor on board by Pam Schoessow

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days: Day 1 — Cool Cat

I’ve decided the theme for my 30 days will be MAKING MUSIC.

I play saxophone, so I had to start with this one.  He definitely IS one COOL CAT!

Cool Cat350by Pam Schoessow

Christmas Countdown Day 17–O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful by Pam Schoessow

I love singing the songs of Christmas—especially the old sacred carols. “O Come All Ye Faithful” is one of my favorites. It was originally written in Latin –Adeste, Fideles—which literally means: be present or near, ye faithful.

For many years the carol’s history was unknown.   But recent research indicates that the words and music were probably written by John Wade, an Englishman. The hymn first appeared in a collection of his in 1751.

The original had four verses. I particularly love the last two

Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing all ye citizens of heaven above.

Glory to God, glory in the highest

O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord we praise thee, born this happy morning ,  Jesus to thee be all glory given.

Son of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

 

 

 

Day 28: Let Music Surround You

Music is a big part of my life and always has been.   I sang my first solo in church when I was just 3 years old, so music was there from the very beginning.  I love singing and got my degree in voice.  Today (and for most of my adult life) I am a church choir director.  Choral music is probably my favorite thing to listen to–especially the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I love harmony and how all the voices come together to make something truly beautiful and inspiring.  So whether you are making music or simply listening, I encourage you to surround yourself with good music.  It’s one of the best things this world has to offer!Let Music Surround You

Day 17: Glorious Sax

You may not know I’m a sax player.  I played in various jazz bands all through high school and college.  Playing the sax took me all across the US, Canada and even Romania and Bulgaria.  I played my sax at a resort on the Black Sea.  I even played in a back up band for jazz great, Dizzy Gillespie at my local community college.  I’m certainly not any where near a professional, but I had lots of good times with my sax.  Unfortunately, I don’t play much any more.

Glorious Sax

This little painting gave me way too much grief today!   For some reason, my materials just seemed to be working against me.  And it took way too long when I needed to be at my quilting machine.  It came out sloppier than I intended.  Well, there’s always tomorrow!

Watercolor on 300 lb hot pressed paper    8″x 10″

Day 3: Back to School

Even though I’m not in school, or teaching school or getting kids ready for school anymore, September always seems to be a time of new beginnings.  You’re never too old to love a brand new box of crayons!Back to School

4″ x 4″ watercolor on board with easel.  Find it in my Etsy shop!

Sing and Strum

I do know how to play the guitar and I’ve even given a few lessons.  But I must admit I haven’t picked one up for ages.  I do believe that singing while playing guitar is one of life’s wonderful pleasures.  So why don’t I strum the strings more often?  I have no good answer for that.  When we are busy, even “fun” things get put off.  Sad.

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Day 18 Song Bird

I’m the early bird (ha ha) as I am posting a few hours early for tomorrow.  This little painting was inspired by a song I learned as a child:  “In the leafy treetops the birds sing good morning.  They’re first to see the sun, They must tell everyone.”  

It would be great if we could all get in the habit of greeting each new day with a song!

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For sale in my Etsy shop.  Watercolor on board with easel 4″ x 4″ $28

5 Little Pumpkins

Day 16

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said “Oh my, it’s getting late”

The second one said “There are witches in the air”

The third one said “Well, I don’t care”

The fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run”

The fifth one said  “I’m ready for some fun!”

Whooo went the wind and out went the light and the 

five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

(Can you tell I used to teach Kindergarten music?)

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