Wow. I can’t believe how much I have been slacking in this whole writing thing. It’s been a hectic week and a half or so.
Last week seemed like there were 2 weeks in one. I’ve been working on my paper for music history. That is coming, but very slowly. I’m writing on Alexander Scriabin’s Vers la Flamme from 1914. I have found a lot of generic information. This week(end) will continue those adventures. Last week was pledge week for sororities and fraternities on campus. That was a joyous time…sorry, was my sarcasm portrayed there? Let’s just say I’m glad that’s over. I wasn’t even directly involved with any of it. I had to spend a lot of time in the set shop preparing for the college play, The Brothers Karamazov. We have built a really awesome set, if I do say so myself. We had a big load-in on yesterday. If you are near Grove City, you should definitely check it out March 3-5 at 7:30pm. Also, last week brought a pops orchestra concert provided by the college’s orchestra. It was pretty good. They played a variety of pops tunes including My Funny Valentine and Lord of the Rings. I made a bulletin board for the hallway as an assignment for my Secondary Music Methods class. It was a motivational sign-up/information advertisement for a hypothetical choir trip to NYC. I had quite a few sign-ups from the department, so it must have been effective. We watched the video of our choral conducting exam. That was an eye-opener. I made sure to take notes while I was watching myself conduct. It really is a good way to learn and practice. That would be a good practice at any point throughout my future teaching career.
I started doing some observations at a special education room at a local school as a requirement for my Exceptionalities in Education class. I spent some time in an autistic support classroom as well as Instructional Support and inclusion classes. I was a bit put out at first that I had to drive there and back and use what little free time I have to go to a classroom. However, I am glad to have this chance to spend with this wide variety of kids. They are great kids, and I’m glad to spend time in the classroom setting.
I wish we could have more Music History classes and less lab sciences. This is terrible right now. We are having to cram so much in to get through music history, but we have to spend 8 credits taking lab sciences that consume our time. For my environmental science, we have to test water from the nearby creek 5 days a week. That’s 30-45 minutes 1-2 days a week for each of my lab partners. AHH! That’s a chunk of my practice time during the day! Speaking of Music History, I have an exam in that tomorrow morning. We’ll just say coffee has been my friend this week.
In Methods, we started talking about marching band drill. This is a foreign concept to me, and I’m excited to learn about that. I’ll keep you posted.