I was trepidatious about both of the choirs, although more so about the adult one. This feeling had been accentuated when I had to call all of the five women to cancel the first class, as I was ill, and one of the ladies, the oldest lady, was mean to me. She didn't tell me to eat shit or anything but she was pretty pushy and unfriendly sounding. It frightened me. What if she thought she knew more then me? What if she did know more then me? It could be very, very bad.
The thing about me is I do have a secret power. I can make anybody believe I am really confident; and, who knows, maybe I am. So, I figured I would just tap that ability to appear as though I knew what I was doing. This, in fact, worked very well. Yeah for me!! I guess it is also true that I do, sort of, actually a little bit, know what I am doing.
So, the Youth; it is a class of nine students, but someone brought a friend (whom I allowed to sit in) so there were ten. The age range is big, as I allowed for the Kids class, which only had three kids sign up (two six year olds and a seven year old) amalgamate with the Youth class. So, that leaves me with a six to thirteen year range. The two girls who are thirteen are different as well as one is in high school, and the other is still in grade school.
The grade school thirteen year old is my strongest vocalist and I hope to get her for private lessons. She has a strong voice with great, bright tone and excellent tone matching ability. She is clearly very interested and tried hard throughout the class to follow the directions I was giving about how to keep our bodies upright, think about out breathing with shoulders down, mouths open etc. It is always cool to get a student who has some talent and is very interested in learning more.
The kids really have no background so besides just the regular choir stuff of learning and singing music, I am doing music theory and ear training as well. I hope that this can allow some of them, if they are interested, to actually be musicians (vocally or instrumentally) if they so choose. So, at least they can read music, if even crappily.... it is only ten classes.
I have also decided to do music appreciation with them, as I do with my little kids. So, next time I will also be bringing my CD player to listen to different kinds of music think about the tone, the feeling and try and pick out different instruments from the blend. It is a great listening exercise as well as being excellent for being able to appreciate what is in the music you are listening to, which is always a bit about theory as well. Also, I like to have kids who know what jazz, classical, reggae and the blues are... I mean, the blues!!! Come one, everyone should know them.
I think that now, after the first class, I have a very good idea about how to structure the class, which I was unsure of going into it. I will definitely have to play a game every class, and I think that thirteen year olds didn't think the game we played was very lame, they actually had fun. I had been a bit worried about them, you just never know with kids that age, so many things seem lame when you are thirteen.
The second thirteen year old( hischool13, from now on) is very shy and had trouble looking at me when I spoke with her, sometimes she didn't even answer questions she just looked back at me blankly. I hope that I can give her some confidence. It is so crazy that little old me, could possibly, actually influence (hopefully positively) some kids life. That makes me feel so very, very great, and I hope that I can.
The Adult Choir, of four ladies, 30 - 65, also turned out well. The ladies are all beginners as well, although two had sung in church choirs. It was fun having them tell me what they thought they could or more likely couldn't sing, and then hearing what they could actually do. One of the ladies said upon arrival, I can't sing high, but really, she is very clearly a soprano. In fact she has the best tone of the lot of them.
As was with the youth class, after this first class I now have a much better idea how to structure each class with the ladies. I talked to them about ear training, which isn't really fun, but is definitely helpful with tone matching and staying on melody; they were all for it. So, I will add that to the next class for them as well.
I will have to make Cds for each class, with me singing the songs on them (perfectly...aagh!), and in the ladies case with their part of each song. Particularly because none of them really read music well, and certainly can't sight read, this will be a very helpful tool for them to learn the music.
So, that was that. It was a very cool thing for me. I came home feeling very excited and giddy from my classes. CBB had already gone to bed (which was.... lets say.. disappointing) so I went for a drive, but the car sounded like it was going to explode so I had to come home. I had a little by myself YEAH FOR ME! party and drank wine till I passed out.
So far so good!
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