With that being said......even with all of the wonderful experiences and all the extra time I had with my boys, I felt lost. I didn't feel like myself. I felt as though something in my life was missing.
Now that I'm back in school teaching, I know EXACTLY what was missing from my life. I must have been meant to be a teacher- because I feel whole....I've found myself again. :-)
The Arts and Communications Academy is the "big picture." A part of the ACA is the Advanced Music Studies program (AMS) in which I am the vocal music teacher. Students must complete a rigorous audition including two contrasting pieces of music and a face-to face interview. When they are in the program, they are required to take Music Theory, Aural Skills, Piano, Music History, and Chamber Choir (or Chamber Ensemble).
This week, we have given students a Music Theory test to determine the level they should be placed in. We also administered a piano survey to determine their proper piano class. The remainder of the week has been spent on Copland's book, What to Listen for in Music. I was asked to teach a lesson on harmony and tone color, so I brought in (my favorite): Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition,to assist me.
Very soon, I hope to share with you a "tour" of our Music wing. I just need to get the pictures first. :-) I also have to share that I told my AMS students about my favorite nicknames that my Damascus kids gave me--"Sassy Berry" and "Mama Bear." On the way out on that first day, one of them said, "See ya tomorrow, Mama Bear." It brought a smile to my face!!!! :-)