Herein contains the secret diary of Nick Jaworski.
If you are not Nick Jaworski, you should turn around and quickly forget you were ever here.
If you’re still reading, then let’s do a quick security check to make sure you’re really Nick Jaworski.
Question: Who was your best friend in elementary school?
Trick question! The real Nick knows he didn’t have any friends.
GET OUTTA HERE!
This online diary is where I can finally break free of the rat race – a place all my own.
I used to have another website here – one geared towards landing me a music teaching job. That one worked! Now, it’s just a place for me, though. I need to remember that, as I scroll down, I might run into some of those other posts from back in the day. As I keep writing, I’ll make sure to clean those up. Now THAT’S exactly the sort of plan-making that should happen within a diary. I already know this is going to be a great idea.
Ok… first diary entry…
Ummm… where to start…
I guess I could include this fairy tale I’ve been working on.
The Google search terms for this were: “cat in a princess tiara”.
Once upon a time there was this guy who had spent much of his adult life learning how to be the best music teacher he could be. He loved his students and they loved him. When not in the classroom, he would write music, start online magazines, give talks around the country, serve as an educational consultant to companies like Spotify, and generally find other ways to be creative and engaged in the public sphere. He was nationally-recognized as a leader in the field of music education and very much loved helping others to see a new future for the profession.
He loved doing all of these other things just as much as teaching, but he felt like he was constantly dividing his attention. He was happy, but overworked.
Then, one day, he felt that he needed a change of pace. While he loved what he did, he thought, “What would happen if I tried to make a life out of all of the other things I love doing? It might be scary, but nothing worthwhile was ever easy.” He also remembered that Theodor Roosevelt said something similar to that and he figured, “Hey! That dude became president and wrestled bears so he probably knows what he’s talking about.”
So, with a glint in his eye and a tune in his heart, the guy stepped out into the world with a newfound sense of adventure and…
Yeah. I’ll have to figure out the ending later.
(I should really come up with a better name for you.)
Anyway, remember serving as a Sergeant in the Air Force? Remember that time when I won an audition to join a military band and then went to Basic Training? Well, most of it is hazy, but I do remember this little story about the first time I heard music after arriving at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. In my dreams, my idealized future employer sees this video and recognizes it shows my abilities to craft a story and interact with large groups of people. In those same dreams, I can fly. Still cool, but irrelevant to this story.
If something horrific were to happen to me, I’m sure many music teachers would remember me for this story. I’m honestly not sure what to think about that.
Until next time,
(I don’t like that name for you… we’ll keep trying.)
(Get it? Instead of “Diary”! Yeah… still needs work.)
There are times that I get a little sad that this diary is so top secret and off-limits to anybody else. Why? Well, I’d love to be able to show everybody Leading Notes - the online magazine I co-founded and co-edited!
I once wrote a little blurb for why I felt Leading Notes reflected positively on me as a person and potential employee. If I don’t put it here, where else would it possible go? (I know, I know… Google Docs. But still…)
The most obvious example of my ability to create new projects by collaboratively working with others is Leading Notes, the online magazine I co-founded and co-edit. With an editorial mantra of “pedagogy as narrative,” I worked to create a project that was This American Life meets music education meets the digital magazine. The end product has received praise from leading thinkers in the field of music education, was the recipient of an EduBlog award, and proves to be a useful resource that fills a real gap within the profession. Additionally, we partnered with CIA Publications to offer a book club that featured the author in a podcast we published. Overall, the functional breadth and aesthetic clarity of Leading Notes is a good representation of my need to create something new and my abilities to craft a product and manage the number of people required to get it off of the ground.
Anyway, this is a good time to remind myself to visit www.leadingnotes.org every once in a while to see all of the good work that’s up there.
This guy. Yeeeeeah.
The guy in the picture is Jon Taffer. He hosts a show called Bar Rescue. It’s awesome.
One day, when I had traveled 5 hours to visit a library in Madison, Wisconsin, it dawned on me – I like research! I’m glad it worked out that way, because pursuing two degrees in grad school (music education and communication) required a lot of reading and research.
In the event of my death, I have directed my attorney to release this top secret diary to the person who will write the biopic about me. In the interest of providing this screenwriter the information they need to paint a full picture of me, I’ll include some examples of the research I’ve done.
Rapid protyping for real music video games
Obligatory image of me looking academic.
Ben Smith, Matthew Thibeault, and I tested a series of rapidly prototyped games that allowed players to use their real voice to control their avatar on the screen. We presented our findings in at the 8th Annual Games, Learning, and Society Conference (GLS 8.0) in Madison, WI. If you want to read the paper, click here!
Listening Through The Static
This paper, centering on the evolution of music education over the radio, was what took me to Wisconsin. I got to look through some pretty neat primary sources. Anyway, it’s a good read! Want it? Boom!
In another loud mouthed attempt to explain to music teachers why the profession would benefit from expanding into popular music, I bring out some good ol’ fashioned history and mix it with some sociology. I’m still proud of the result. (Yeah, I can be braggy in my own diary.) LINK’D!