Monthly Archives: January 2009

Teaching Online

My “Pedagogies of Reading” seminar this quarter is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays from 5:30-9:20.  I have never found four-hour evening seminars to be productive, either as a teacher or a student.  By the time we begin, I have been … Continue reading

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Cheap Guitars and Vintage Mystique

Back in the ’60’s it was simple.  If you if you were going to play electric guitar you had to have a Gibson, a Fender, or a Rickenbacker.  If you played acoustic, you had to have a Gibson, a Martin, … Continue reading

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The Practice of Songwriting

Like most singer-songwriters, I started out with the “strum and hum” method.  I was about 17.  I was living in a back house on my parent’s property, and my girlfriend had gone off on a trip across the country.  I … Continue reading

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Songwriting versus Teaching

My daughter and I were having a discussion about which changed more lives, songwriting or teaching?  Good teaching has a pyramid-like effect, especially if you teach prospective teachers.  Your students go out and teach others, who may end up teachers … Continue reading

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First Meeting

The first meeting of “Pedagogies of Reading” went well, at least in my view. No one complained about the reading load, all the assignments were accepted without groaning or moaning, and students participated in discussions with some engagement and enthusiasm. … Continue reading

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Fender Super Champ XD

I have played through a lot of guitar amplifiers.  When I first started playing in our high school rock band back in about 1968, I had a Gibson flatop acoustic with a DeArmond pickup in it.  I played it through … Continue reading

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New Course

For me it’s a new year, a new quarter, and a new course.  I spent much of the break designing a graduate seminar I haven’t taught before, “Pedagogies of Reading.”  These days the campus bookstore insists that you order the … Continue reading

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