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janine parnell
south carolina
Violnist/Violist and String Teacher
Interests: Music, Travel, World History and Current Events
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Hi music friends! I am just back from a week of GLORIOUS music making! I performed with the Colour of Music Festival, as a violinist in the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra! Talk about a killer music experience!!! I will be posting more of my impressions this month as I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi friends. By now, I'm sure you heard about the Charleston Nine Massacre. I know relatives of the people who died; one of the surviving relatives is a former University student of mine. As someone who grew up in South Carolina/currently works in South Carolina, I have witnessed the state's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at PluckStrings
Have you been reading the articles connecting student academic success and the curtailing of cell phone use in school? Interesting, huh? The pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction once again; isn't that always the way in education? Check out this news article: http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/18/technology/smartphones-schools-ban/index.html PLEASE comment on this; our children's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi folks! Happy summer vacation! I am finally free for a few weeks! I hope your summer is starting well! What music are you working on this summer? I plan to play a lot of viola this summer. I plan to post every day. I have plenty to say! Until... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi friends! I hope you had a chance to read the article that is linked to yesterday's post. It's important! Are your students going to summer music camps/taking lessons over the summer? A few of my seniors are talking about selling their instruments- what a shame! I remind them that... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi friends! I'm behind on my posts! I'm exhausted! Our Tri-M ceremony was last night; the string students played well; everyone looked good. A nice evening was had by all! Have you been reading the articles connecting student academic success and the curtailing of cell phone use in school? Interesting,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hey friends! The weekend is here! Have any gigs this weekend? How are you keeping your students engaged now that the end is fast approaching? We are engaged in a research project entitled: "Why I Like This Music." Students have to create a Google presentation on the music they like.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi friends! I'm tired today! What is making me tired, you ask? Battles to maintain/grow an arts program! Remember yesterday's post? Well, I am still fighting a battle. Isn't school the place where you start figuring out what you want to become? It happened for me in high school- I... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at PluckStrings
Hi musicians/educators/friends of music! The mad dash to the end of school year has already begun! How are you handling it? My university colleagues are already on break, I think? As we prepare for vacation/to wrap up the year, let's answer a few questions: -What battles were won in the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at PluckStrings
It's that time of year- the Spring Concert! The culmination of all the hard work during the school year! But does it really show all the hard work, especially by you the teacher? Of course not! Remember when you didn't have to compete with Spring Football, soccer, cheerleading, and "fill... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at PluckStrings
Posted May 10, 2015 at PluckStrings
Happy Mother's Day string players! This is a shout out to Bernice Lawrence Parnell, my mother, a pianist by avocation. She got me started in music, and let me quit one instrument in order to study violin! The point is: she let me make my choice! Thanks, Mama! Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at PluckStrings
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