Sunday, March 10, 2013
I am feeling anxious today! Name it and claim it right? I have a big week ahead. As a music teacher I am taking this week to provide my students with performance opportunities. For my students K-4, we have invited the student's grownups in to visit their music class. I call these Classroom Concerts. They are a wonderful experience for students at this age. I don't force my younger students on stage, we show off our abilities right in the music classroom. It also provides me with time and materials to show off my entire curriculum. Adults need to know all parts of my program (I don't want to get cut!!!) to know the value of music education. After all, I don't spend every day singing Kumbaya with the kids lol! But that being said, it makes for a long week for me as I have an 'audience' for all 19 general music classes I teach throughout the week...averaging 4 classes/two hours each day. I need to remember just how much both students and adults appreciate this opportunity. It's wonderful to see the excitement, joy and pride on the faces of kids and grown-ups alike. For my middle and high school students, we are trying something new! It is only my second year teaching these particular students and they have come so far this year. But the lack confidence!!! They see and hear their improvement. They can tell me and show me how they've improved, but they still don't believe they are good 'enough'. We are having a Solo and Ensemble night. My middle level students have embraced it head own. My high school students? Not so much. I've bribed them! LOL But the important part is that they have agreed, and will be successful. It will be a huge step forward for their confidence levels. Even though, I have set the students up for a successful performance, I'm still anxious for them! I sooo want this to be a positive experience!!
On a more selfish note, I have to scrounge my closet for 5 days worth of concert worthy clothes!!