Sitting in the lounge of another university music department makes me reminisce about my own music education.
Some of these students are discussing my favorite parts of music theory. Some are gossiping about other musicians and talking about how poorly they just did in their lesson/practice session.
I feel very far removed from that time in my life, even though it wasn’t that long ago. My career has changed my focus. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a startling realization. I am no longer a student. I don’t play in recitals or spend long days in a practice room. I don’t pour over musical scores confused by what structure I’m supposed to see amid pages of notes.
I miss being able to focus on those things, but I’m also grateful that I’ve made it to where I am.
I showed this in class on Friday. All my students LOVED it. They asked to watch it again (several times).
Who knew middle schoolers liked yodeling?
Instrument inventory day. So many serial numbers.
This is amazing. These children are playing on instruments made of recycled materials from a landfill because that’s all they have. Beautiful.
Totes using this in class.
I wish I could show these to my students.
Yesterday a civil war reenactment trio came and played for our 7th grade music students. They were funny, educational, and very interactive. The kids all had the “this is so awesome” face.
Put new low e strings in two classical guitars today! Not as difficult as one would think. Especially when YouTube helps.