I did it. I turned in my first draft of my music history paper, my unit plan with 4 lesson plans, 5 2-page papers for civilizations in literature, taught a choral warm up, instrument rehearsal plan, and finished the production of Brothers Karamazov. Phew *wipe sweat from brow* It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, but we did it! *happy dance*
Break was nice. I love being home. Unfortunately, that meant I was more easily distracted being with my family as opposed to catching up on homework. It was worth it though. I got a much needed massage from my cousin who is studying to be a massage therapist. It was disgusting how knotted my shoulders and back were. I’m relaxed for now. It’s amazing how much our body works together. Especially as musicians, we have to take care of every aspect of our body.
The Unit plan assignment for methods was great. It was a challenge, and I hope to use this at some point in my future career. I made a unit on world music. That is one area that I never really knew much about (and still don’t). I am taking World Music right now, and am going to a few workshops about non-Western music. It is so interesting to see how different cultures stress different ways of addressing and performing music. I made a lesson plan for African, Indian, Latin American, and Asian music. The instrument rehearsal plan was a new experience for me. I’ve been a choral person until college, and I had to create a lesson plan to fill a 50 minute band class. I chose to “rehearse” 2 pieces for a hypothetical pops concert: The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough and Facade from Jekyll & Hyde. I think i did well with it even know I’m not as strong instrumentally as I am with choral music.
The Brothers K went really well. I was blown away by the impeccable acting and the entire play itself. I definitely recommend seeing a production of it if you can. Reading the play or novel would probably be good too. The shows were 3 hours long, and I had been running on little sleep when I went, but I didn’t even come close to falling asleep. (which is a miracle if anyone knows me and remembers that I can fall asleep almost anywhere, anytime) Here is the best picture I could find of what I’ve been working on for the set. Here is our great achievement, 16 foot tall house:
(Thank you, Christine Pang for posting your photos from the production)
Now it’s currently being converted into an apartment for the college’s Children’s Theater production that opens in less than 3 weeks. We are performing Lyle the Crocodile. It’s really cute and funny. The kids, and even the college and community are going to love it.
Plans are being made currently for next year. When am I student teaching? When’s my senior recital? Who am I performing with? Where am I going to live next year? So. Much. Uncertainty. That’s what keeps life interesting, i guess. It’s starting to come together, but my planning mind isn’t quite settled. This just give me something else to do to keep me busy throughout the next week.
Band and Wind Ensemble concert tonight here at GCC. Should be a good one. We have some really great pieces. Hopefully the freak snow storm we got won’t keep people away!
Until next time, God bless. Keep thriving!