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Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Thank You and Goodbye

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This post is by Carolyn Bennett, the 2018-2019 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence.

Carolyn Bennett Photo by Shawn Miller

As I began to reflect on my year as Teacher-in-Residence, I found myself thinking about a great number of people who have taught me valuable lessons this year. Many such individuals work here at the Library. I’ll thank them personally. There are others who inhabit this Library who have shared their wisdom with me less directly. Don your headphones, turn up your sound, and enjoy a brief concert of gratitude. Here, I’d like to say thank you to some people that have spurred me toward personal and professional growth this year. Click on each hyperlinked name to hear from the individual.

In all my discoveries this year, I realized that the true treasure was the ability to connect with the perspectives and lives of others. History is constructed of minute points of contact between individuals: Conversations, songs, letters, created within the context of everyday life. It’s been an honor to introduce professionals and students to some of these voices through workshops, webinars, and conferences during my tenure at the Library. I can’t wait to return to my classroom and acquaint my students with these historic voices of wisdom.

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Comments (5)

  1. Congratulations Carolyn, on a successful year and the many ways you shared your thoughtful musical learning…especially with those of us with an untrained ear! I’m sure your family and students will be happy to have you back home, but thank them for sharing you with all of us in the TPS community!

  2. It has been a pleasure learning from Carolyn this past many months. She’s brought a unique perspective to the Library of Congress collection that is evident in this final post. I know that she will bring that perspective and all of her learning from this year back to her students and school!

  3. What a wonderful compilation of musical inspirations from our very own musical inspiration – Carolyn Bennett! Thank you for all you have shared this year and for the model you have set for teachers to integrate music into learning on a daily basis.

  4. Carolyn,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and passion with our librarians at DC Public Schools. Our Special Ed students also thank you for an unforgettable storytime!

    Mr. G the librarian

  5. It was my pleasure and honor to be able to collaborate and learn from Carolyn this year. I look forward to using some of her activities with my elementary students next year.

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