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Singing School!

I taught my singing school today, and it was fabulous! The chorus director just barely managed to escape from a luncheon so she could get to the rehearsal on time, but I had already corralled some of the singers to help me set the chairs up in a hollow square. The setup intrigued them, which was a good first start. We got everyone seated fairly quickly, the choral director introduced me, and the rest of the class period was mine.

I wish I'd had more than fifty minutes, but we got so much done. I gave a lecture about the history of Sacred Harp and of singing schools, and everyone paid attention. (This impressed the choral director -- apparently they're not so well behaved for her.) Then I told them about the shaped notes, and we got to sing. I taught them a tune called "The Promised Land," which was the first shape-note tune I ever learned. They got it pretty well, though I think I might have chosen something shorter if I had it to do over again. Unfortunately, class was up by then. I invited anyone who wanted to stay after a break for more singing. Most people left for other classes, but a small group stayed behind, and we learned two more tunes, "Invocation (First)," and "Russia."

Several people came to me after the main lesson was over to say how much they enjoyed it. I was so pumped. The choral director was happy, I was ecstatic that my very first singing school had gone over well, and it was a grand day in general. We're even discussing doing it again next year. I might take a day to travel back from Chicago and lead another singing school, maybe in the fall.

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dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Would that be Eilian or Valian? :-)
dawtheminstrel
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Clever Dot! It's Valian, I think. Younger than Eilian, fated to rule, still figuring out his role in life.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Perfect picture of him. Very nice too!

I hope book 2 is going well :-)
dawtheminstrel
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
It's going pretty well. I'm happy with what I have planned. This weekend, I'll finish a draft of chapter 4, then go back and do the major rewrites I've already decided I need. I often need to write backwards, I find. Some event happens and I realize I need to lay the groundwork for it.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 28th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Wow, four? That’s good going. I figured you were immersed in it. I’m glad it’s going well - and it sounds like it really is. As long as you're enjoying it too!
dawtheminstrel
Apr. 28th, 2006 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'd like to ask some of you to read it when I get further along, but I want a more or less full draft first, I think. I haven't even showed it to Nilmandra yet. She's busy writing about Elrond.
dot_o_choillmor
Apr. 29th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
I'm here whenever you want me. But do things however they suit you. And Nilmandra writing about Elrond is always to be encouraged!
bodkin_ra
Apr. 29th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Nilmandra writing about Elrond is always to be encouraged

Seconded.
bodkin_ra
Apr. 29th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
Nice picture. I thought it was Eilian looking at Celuwen at first - but it makes a good Valian.

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