Monday, February 7, 2011

charting up choir songs

I put it off and I put it off but it doesn't do itself and it doesn't get any more fun.

What is the answer?

Easy. I sing the line. You remember it.

5 comments:

  1. Working with novices can be testing

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  2. The kids are actually fine with that.

    I'm told the kids need to have music folders this year. So I have to have something to put in the folders.

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  3. Ha ha -You were FORCED to have folders! Last year I was told the budget couldn't even stretch to give my students exercise books for performing arts - I was vaguely offered some old manilla folders, which never turned up. And I was given a very tight photocopying budget. I armed myself with a guitar and a whiteboard marker and taught the kids using the "I sing the line, you remember it" method, which worked very well.

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  4. The whiteboard method does work!

    We charge our kids for choir. $10 for year 1-3. $20 for year 4-7. I've now got a considerable budget. We'll pay an expert to come in and work with them for a day. Some will go to copyright. Some to competition charges, some to buses. Some to party food. I mostly do my own arrangements so music costs are minimal. I want to spend the money on ukuleles for my classes but I'm not sure that's allowed!

    Narelle - why do you have no budget? Any way of generating one? Where are you? Could we tour to your school? Do you want to tour to us?

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  5. We live in the Northern Territory! When we enrolled our kids in school the school had a performing arts unit and the principal at the time used it as a drawcard for new enrolments. When the performing arts teacher moved on, the school went for 18 months with no performing arts program. The P&C parents were very keen for the program to be reinstated so the new principal tracked me down and gave me two days a week to run a program last year. However, I don't believe the new principal was truly committed to the idea. I asked if I could run a school production and was given a tiny budget and an ever increasing number of restrictions. However, the kids loved performing arts and I was rewarded by many very enthusiastic children. It would have been nice to teach them again this year and build on what I have already done, but I decided to save my sanity and am now working at the School of the Air.

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