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Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Final Projects in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"I decided to focus on the Progressive Era and am sending in my project.ARS-Piper:Progressive Era"
May 27, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Modern Age - Disco/Hip-Hop/Modern Era Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"I can't wait to tell my two just-graduated-from-college sons that I was learning to hip-hop dance today! Not only is this out of character for someone of my generation, but also because of my musical inclinations -- I am a serious Classical musician…"
May 25, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion WWII, 1950s, 1960s, Nuclear Age Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"There is so much great music from this era. And I hadn't really thought much before about the "white covers" and the attempts to make "black" music more palatable to middle class white Americans. It seems that there are always these attempts to make…"
May 25, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion WWI, 1920s, Progressives Era Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"Once again I can totally see how dancing and listening to the music can enhance and perhaps even drive teaching about an historical era. It was very interesting to be made aware about the fact that black dancers often started a trend only to later…"
May 25, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Westward Expansion & Pioneer Era Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"How inspiring to see how dance and song can be meshed with history! I really like the idea of infusing traditional classroom instruction with dances and songs of the times.  Especially I like that the songs tell stories. I could see creating some…"
May 25, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Negro Spirituals & Civil War Era Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"Reflection #3: Wow! This was way fun! I was so busy trying to mimic our dance leader that I didn't have time to worry about how awkward I must have looked. Makes me think that dancing with a group is a wonderful way to bond with others. The power of…"
May 24, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Introductions in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"For many years I've worn two hats -- one as an Anchorage Symphony musician, and the other as a middle school teacher at Mirror Lake Middle School. I've taught mostly language arts but will be teaching both language arts and social studies next year.…"
May 24, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Colonial & Revolutionary War Era Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"Dancing the quadrille is fun! I can only imagine it was as fun in Colonial times, too. In this regard I think this kind of dance transcends the time, because it's about music, beat, and having fun with others, especially members of the opposite sex.…"
May 24, 2012
Sharman Piper replied to Elizabeth Hunt's discussion Pre-Colonial Era (Baroque, Renaissance & Pre-Columbus Native America) Reflections in Using Music and Dance as a Primary Source
"Reflection #1 (post-waltz): 
I love the idea of getting the kids moving at school. I hate sitting down all day and I know it’s unnatural for the kids, too. I also think beat is something that’s integral, although it has to be taught and learned…"
May 24, 2012