Faculty Matters March 14, 2019
Above: the Demarina Trio
New Book from Kristin Baxter
Associate professor of art and director of art education, Kristin Baxter is the author of Creating Vibrant Art Lesson Plans: A Teacher’s Sketchbook to be released by Teachers College Press on March 29. From the Teachers College Press website:
Writing lesson plans is often considered busywork, but it can be a useful path for discovering what’s important about art making and teaching. This book shows teachers how to slow down, breathe, and linger over the process of unit and lesson-plan writing to uncover how much this process can support them professionally, creatively, and personally. The user-friendly text offers guidance for selecting an art project for the unit and then zooms into the nitty-gritty of specific lesson plans, including how to identify materials for a project and how to construct classroom dialogue to help students develop ideas for their artwork. The text also considers standards, assessments, and extensions to other subject areas. Featuring accessible language, clear definitions, practical examples, and self-reflection prompts, this unique resource will help pre- and inservice teachers create lesson plans that are useful to their specific contexts and methods of teaching.
- Everything an art educator needs to know about writing a unit plan.
- Blank space for readers to sketch, doodle, or make notes, along with images to color.
- Color illustrations that can be cut out and glued into the book or used in other collages.
- A completed sample unit that illustrates a real-world example of the issues being discussed.
- A glossary of terms that students and early career professionals often find confusing.
- A blank unit planner template that can be cut out and used again and again.
- A website with downloadable templates, helpful resources, and a forum for interacting with other educators.
Music Faculty Perform Works at Church Concert Series
By Steve Siegel
This piece originally appeared in the March 7, 2019, edition of the Morning Call.
Angels don’t always behave like angels. Many have fallen from grace — and like Lucifer himself, they have paid the price. “Rebel Angel,” a chamber piece by Moravian College faculty member and composer Larry Lipkis, tells one such tale. It’s a featured work on a program presented by the DeMarina Trio on Sunday, March 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem, part of the church’s Second Sunday concert series.
Also included on the program are two other works by Lipkis, as well as James Niblock’s “Medieval Suite”; Bartók’s “Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano”; Glick’s “The Klezmer Wedding”, and Schubert’s “Fantasie in F Minor.
The DeMarina Trio, formed in 2012, includes violinist Inna Eyzerovich, clarinetist Deborah Andrus and pianist Martha Schrempel. All are Moravian College music faculty members well known for their participation in local and regional orchestras and ensembles, and for their diverse repertoire of both classics and new music.
“Rebel Angel” was commissioned and premiered by the California-based trio Pacific Serenades in 1989. The piece was originally scored for clarinet, cello and piano. Lipkis reworked it in 2017 — replacing the cello with violin, revising the second movement, and completely reworking the first and third movements. The new version premiering Sunday is dedicated to the DeMarina Trio.
Lipkis based the piece on an ancient Hebrew legend describing how a band of rebel angels came to earth to reveal the secrets of heaven to mankind — and in the process, discovered the pleasures of mortal love. They were punished with eternal exile for their amorous transgressions, and their leader hung upside down in heaven — in the constellation known today as Orion.
“The first movement, ‘Epiphany,’ evokes the awe felt by the women on Earth when the angels first appear. Most of the time the clarinet represents the women and the violin, playing in high harmonics three octaves apart, the angels,” Lipkis says. “The second movement, ‘Love Dance,’ is very Brahmsian and Romantic, and represents the consummation of the relationships. In the third movement, ‘Transcendence,’ the leader of the angels is stranded in the heavens and can only reminisce about his lost pleasure.”