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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.


Apr. 28th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
It was fun. I like having little tastes of teaching before I start doing it for real in a couple of years. I've taught fencing classes, I've taught a singing school. . . I think I could learn to handle an undergraduate class.

And I see you've finally decided to join the rest of us in our multi-faced-ness!
Apr. 28th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
LOL. I didn't even know I could be multi-faced! I'm not good with this stuff.

I like teaching. I find it energizing. I often leave a classroom more pumped up than I was when I went in. It sounds as if you'll like it too.
Apr. 28th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
I can see how teaching could leave one energized. I was certainly jumping up and down after this was over.

My Chicago advisor-to-be said that I'd start teaching in my third year there. Couple of years, and then Hurricane Pony hits the classrooms. The University of Chicago may never be the same again.
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC)
I often leave a classroom more pumped up than I was when I went in. Tha must be a good signal, that you still trust and love what you do?

I went to have a look at your new icons.. ;-) I think I imagined Kalian a bit younger that what he looks there, ut it is great! ;-)

Go with book 2! I'd volunteer, but you know you wouldn't get useful feedback from me..LOL!


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