Christmas Concert Ruminations Music Education by Joel Wagner - December 20, 2008July 1, 20104 Share on Facebook Share 0 Share on TwitterTweet 0 Share on Pinterest Share 0 Share on LinkedIn Share 0 Total Shares My Christmas concert came and went. No, I don’t have a “winter concert” or “holiday concert.” We don’t play winter music at the concert. We don’t play Easter or Halloween or Arbor Day music at the concert. We play Christmas music. So it’s a Christmas concert. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that concept? Why are so many people scared of offending people that they let fear dominate their lives? My concerts used to be offensive, but that was because my bands didn’t know how to play. Now, they sound pretty good, and all that stuff. We have fun. We perform both secular and sacred music. Of course, none of them have words, so there is really no such thing as secular or sacred instrumental music, but nevertheless, that’s how it ends up being. I was so proud of the work my kids did! If you’re interested in hearing them (and telling me what’s wrong with them), let me know and I’ll try to email recordings to you. 20 Classic SYWTT Articles And SeriesInterview Questions About My First Year TeachingShould I Keep My EduBlog Anonymous?Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.