My Teaching Values

  1. Consider context
  2. Music, sound, and art as lenses for understanding our world
  3. Listen -> Play -> Create

1. Consider context
The macro context: consider power, privilege, oppression, democracy, and morality. Try to do what is right to me.
The specific context: consider health, safety, and the wants, needs, and experiences of the student and community. Assess and work within these.

2. Music, sound, and art as lenses for understanding our world
Consider not just music, but also the arts, other subjects, people, perspectives, and cultures, and social justice.

3. Listen -> Play -> Create
These three forms of experiencing music should be in balance with each other. They should be done reflectively, and integrated with making connections beyond music. Balancing Colorado’s musics and perspectives with those beyond, analogue with tech, and depth with width. Teaching students tools and skills, including software. Develop a community of learning. Each provides a different lens for understanding music, and each builds on the others.


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By Patrick Blim-Hockberger

Greetings! I am a Denver-based music educator specializing in musical creativity and design. At the University of Illinois I earned my Master of Music Education and at Northwestern University I earned my BM in Music Composition and MA in Sound Arts & Industries. At the Chicago Park District I taught preschool music, voice, piano, guitar, and wrote and music directed children’s musicals. Prior to that I interned at 98.7 WFMT, coached middle school track & field, and worked for composer Paul Caldwell at the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago.