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Thomas J. West Music

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The following videos were created by Tom and hosted on YouTube. There are a variety of videos here showcasing Tom's music compositions as well as providing music practice tips for both teachers and students.

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  • Managing the Information Stream on the M...
    by ★ Owner on July 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM
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    Managing the information stream on the Music Professional Learning Network website. VIEW THE VIDEO IN FULL SCREEN for best viewing. View part 2 of this walkthrough here:

  • Great Performances - The Kings Firecrack...
    by ★ Owner on June 25, 2010 at 10:07 PM
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    The Firecrackers are a performance jump rope team made up of talented 4th-8th graders from the Kings Local School District in Ohio. They practice 2 hours a day 5 to 6 times a week. And you thought your high school marching band was disciplined!

    Check out their website at

  • Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Universa...
    by ★ Owner on June 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM
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    I saw this video shortly after it came out a year ago, but neglected to add it to my video page until now. Bobby McFerrin is one of my musical heroes, and here he demonstrates how every person has innate musical intelligence that our society stamps out of them. The pentatonic scale is indigenous to every culture on the planet, and I believe has connections to Sacred Geometry, cymatics, and many other fields of study that combine mathematics and energy.

  • e.e. cummings "i thank You God for most ...
    by ★ Owner on June 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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    i thank You God for most this amazing
    day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
    and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
    which is natural which is infinite which is yes

    (i who have died am alive again today,
    and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
    day of life and of love and wings:and of the gay
    great happening illimitably earth)

    how should tasting touching hearing seeing
    breathing any--lifted from the no
    of allnothing--human merely being
    doubt unimaginable You?

    (now the ears of my ears awake and
    now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

    Read by the author originally on an LP recording from New York on May 28, 1953

    Listen to Eric Whitacre's setting of this poem for mixed chorus.


  • Welcome to My PLE!
    by ★ Owner on June 5, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    1998 Views - 1 Comment

    A 7th grade student gives a tour of her personal learning environment. This project was conducted as part of dissertation research implementing the use of networked learning and construction of personal learning environments in a 7th grade life science class. Welcome to the future, folks! Who needs a backpack anymore?

  • An Open Letter to Educators
    by ★ Owner on April 29, 2010 at 6:48 AM
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    Dan Brown is a former college student who, disgusted with the waste of time of the "cattle call" lecture classes he was sitting through, dropped out of school and pursued his own education online. His message is timely and very necessary. I agree with most of what he has to say, except for two things: 1. Higher Education is not the "end all be all" of informational power, even in the traditional institutional education system. 2. Public Education IS reinventing itself to match the rest of the world - painfully slowly. The question really becomes: will public education change in time? As more and more informational offerings become available through internet sources and civic groups that specialize in one particular kind of information (magnet schools, sport centers, etc.), public education is going to be stripped down to core the core curricula of math and language arts only, without the enriching subjects like the arts and physical sciences. Students will spend part of their week in core classes online and spend the rest delving into focus areas they are passionate about. Share this video with a teacher you know.

  • The Genius of Eric Whitacre: YouTube Vir...
    by ★ Owner on March 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM
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    Eric Whitacre is the Golden Child of modern composition. As this video demonstrates, he is still managing to innovate in an era when we've all "been there, heard that." This piece was performed by hundreds of performers from 12 different countries. Each person uploaded themselves singing a voice part to You Tube, and Whitacre's producer mixed them. You can even subscribe on YouTube or follow them on Facebook to find out when the next piece will be premiered. Guess who's joining the next one? :-)

  • Great Performances: Tribute to John Will...
    by ★ Owner on March 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM
    2415 Views - 3 Comments

    Marc Papaghin arranged, performed, and mixed all 12 parts of this himself. Fantastic arranging, performing, and musicianship!

  • Giant Steps Transcription
    by ★ Owner on January 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM
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    Here is the transcription of John Coltrane's legendary recording of "Giant Steps". I always tell my students that this tune has a different chord for every note of the melody - now I have this great video to demonstrate exactly that. It also demonstrates the virtuosity and creative genius that was John Coltrane.

  • O Magnum Mysterium - University of Utah ...
    by ★ Owner on January 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    The University of Utah Singers perform "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen live in concert on December 12th & 13th 2008. Dr. Brady Allred was formerly at Duquesne University and served as guest condutor for one of my students attending the PMEA District 8 Chorus Festival. He is quite easily the most effective and skilled choral director I've ever seen.

  • 2008 Elementary School Championship: Mam...
    by ★ Owner on September 3, 2009 at 7:02 AM
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    From the Japan Wind Orchestra and Ensemble Competition in 2008, this is Mama Elementary performing "Ikaruga." Part of the Championship 2008.

    The cultural differences here are the reason for this astounding display of mastery. I recently listened to a NYC radio program about how the Chinese language is by its nature much more tonal, lending to children developing their sense of pitch naturally. This, coupled with the fact that China, Japan, and other Eastern cultures begin training students who show aptitude in music, althetics, or science from the age of 3 onwards, shows how a performance like this from children so young is possible.

  • Dalton Sherman Keynote Speaker - Dallas...
    by ★ Owner on August 29, 2009 at 8:00 AM
    2869 Views - 0 Comments

    If you teach anything at all to anyone in a public school, you will be inspired by this video.

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