I keep on thinking about the first week back at school. It was wonderful, rewarding, hopeful, surprising, and more!
At the South Florida Jewish Academy, I showed the students an old Tom and Jerry cartoon so they can see how classical music was used for it. From the elementary through high school, it was so interesting to see how they took to it. They loved it, and their description of the music was interesting, and I was so proud of them. One of the youngest students said that “the music expressed the emotions of the characters.” I almost fell off my feet. I wrote on the dry erase board what they told me: excitement, surprise, anger, sneakiness, and more. We discussed the instruments playing the music as well. Then I showed the students the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder playing the 1812 Overture. Most of them loved it. I told them to give me one word descriptions on the board. Some of them were quite interesting. When I was done writing the class lists, I would ask the student to expand on his/her description. The discussions were great! Some of the students’ thoughts were: random, exciting, boring, obnoxious, brilliant, moody, peaceful and so much more. We spoke about the instruments since we studied instrument families last year.
Temple Beth Torah had their installation last night at which one of my classes also had their class Shabbat. They seemed to make an impact. As their music teacher, together with their teacher, chose four songs for them to sing: Eli Eli, Eilah Chamdah Libi, Hal’luya, and In this House by Beth Shafer. I really wanted, In This House, and we dedicated to the new officers coming in to remind them what our synagogue is all about. They did awesome. I wanted them to have fun and I believe at least some of them did. It’s hard to sing in front of people especially when you are not used to it and we had a packed house last night. Today, the compliments were still coming! Now time for Gimel class.
I want to WOW people, raise the bar and bring in some great music! There is so much that can be done and demonstrated.
Tu b’Shvat music is also being sung with my favorite, “For Trees,” by the Allards. One of the my students from last year actually came up to me and asked if we can sing it. It was one of her favorites last year.