Well, I survived the first full week of work with my six schools. It was fun, fulfilling, enlightening, rewarding, and exhausting.
I taught and did music with all ages from infants through High School. WOW! Used all sorts of mediums and tools: guitar, i-pod, books to sing by, visuals, motion/movement, etc. It keeps things interesting and challenging.
I started teaching the families of music in one of my schools and it was very well received by the students. We learned about the brass family this week and I integrated different types of music with the learning of what instruments are part of that family. They listened to classical and jazz. Some of these students never heard this type of music before.
One of my classes consists of students that are very low functioning and I left yesterday ono a high. One of the lowest functioning little girls repeated some lyrics from the chorus of one of the songs we were doing. I also have a non-verbal student. I was teaching a song about animals in Hebrew using visuals. I asked the class if anyone has a “chatul,” a cat. She answered me by shaking her head, and then I asked her what color. When I named the correct color, she shook her head again to me. I was told last week she may not respond to me. The teacher who was sitting next to both these students was shocked and I had goosebumps and tears in my eyes. These two breakthroughs made my day, in fact made my week.
Music is an unbelieveable tool. A gentleman by the name of Friedriche Nietzche said “Without music, life would be a mistake.” I very much agree with that. Music does amazing things for all people. Music is a vehicle for learning; it can be calming; it can be used for communicating; it can be used to remember things, and so much more.
Well, time to go and get ready for Shabbat. Shabbat Shalom everybody and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.