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Look, A Chrysalis!

Sorry for the lengthy radio silence. I've been spending the month preparing for This Very Day. Today is the Tuesday of First Week, and today . . . drum roll, please . . .

Behold Teacher Pony!

My very own section of Introduction to World Music, of which I am the single solitary instructor, starts today! I get a class of my very own to teach! Wheeeeeeeee!

We're starting off slow today, with introductions, talk about myths, and then listening to and discussing The M.T.A. Song and a Hungarian B'rosh Hashanah that I recorded back at the beginning of the summer. This is going to be fun!


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Sep. 28th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I had fun today; I hope the students did, too. They laughed at my jokes, at least.
Sep. 28th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
You mean like "Did he ever return? No, he never returned, and his fate is still unknown. He may ride forever, neath the streets of Boston"? That MTA song?
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yup. That's the one! We had a surprisingly long and productive discussion of it.
Sep. 28th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Huge congrats!

Sep. 28th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope my students liked class today as much as I did . . .
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
Go you! I'm excited for you. Do keep us up to date on things.

You know, I feel very lucky in this regard. I was more or less handed my secton as a matter of course on reaching year 3, and for all my whinging it has been fairly routine.
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I had so much fun today that I hope teaching never becomes routine.

I think.

Anyway, they seem like a nice bunch of kids. I can't wait to see what they'll do.
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
No, I mean the problems are routine. Nothing exorbitant, nothing too serious or anything... just normal issues, and not that extreme from the horror stories I have heard.

May the joy carry you through paper-grading!
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
I've also heard some horror stories from friends. But these kids seem pretty good so far (of course, it's only the first day). I won't have to grade papers until November, which is probably good, though I'll have quizzes to grade before that.

. . . .ohshit, I have quizzes to write before that . . .
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Woo! Teacher Pony! *does the happy dance*

And how can your students not love a teacher who includes "The MTA Song" in the very first class?
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I confess, I did my own happy dance after class. Then I went and bought a video cable to connect Mommymac (my new used laptop) to the music department's AV setup.

I was impressed that two of my students had actually heard "The MTA Song" before. It's from when Mom and Dad Pony were young, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
It's from when Mom and Dad Pony were young, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Hey, now! It was part of the folk revival that was popular when I was in eighth grade, and I don't remember so very many dinosaurs about.
Sep. 29th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, congratulations, that is a big step, Ms. College Instructor! I hope the whole course goes as well as your first day.
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Well, tomorrow I'm planning to show off my mad (beginning) xhoomei skillz, so that ought to grab their attention.

I don't know if I've talked about xhoomei here before, so just in case I haven't: It's also called Tuvan throat-singing. It's a kind of song developed among the herders out on the steppes of Tuva, where they sing so as to isolate the fundamental of a pitch from its upper harmonics and play around with the harmonics to make the melody.

I learned from my undergraduate World Music professor how to make the basic sound of the kargyraa style (really deep fundamental with a strong whistling harmonic), though I never did get good enough to sing the basic melodies. But what the hey, at least I can demonstrate the sound to my students, right?
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like awesome. Good luck with the whole teaching thing!
Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
It was pretty awesome. Especially for the second day. I hope I haven't scared too many of them off.
Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
A friend of mine is a major fan of Richard Feynman, so she knew about Tuva and the throat-singing, and I heard about it from her. (I think you did mention it here before as well.) If you can make any sound approximating that, wowser.
Oct. 3rd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
It's not all that hard to learn; my students got reasonably good harmonics going in about six or seven minutes.
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