I have been having the time of my life! New adventures, new students; and a very busy schedule.
I started the new school year at the private pre-school, Cambridge. I have teaching an outreach class called, “Jewish Traditions,” for the past six years. They lost their music teacher last March and asked me to come aboard after loosing one of my main employers due to budget cuts. What a great time I was having there! They asked me to continue this year. I don’t have to schlep from school to school, no more 50 miles round trips anymore. My new school is 4 miles away and I could not be happier teaching children from toddler to 5 years old.
I am having a blast there. The kids are great, as well as the teachers and administration. It is purely secular music, but I am still very happy. I am bringing in different genres; and will be teaching rhythm and instrument families. I have taught Beatle songs that the kids love; I am now teaching The Banana Boat Song, and once that is completed, I will add instruments to it because it has an awesome rhythm.
On Fridays I conduct services at three senior communities from mid afternoon to the evening. At Harbor Chase Memory Care, we have outgrown our space! We will be moving to a different room this Friday. More residents AND their families have been joining us for a very upbeat musical service with Kidish and Motzei. We have a great time singing, clapping hands, joking, and tapping our toes. One of the residents this week was bobbing one of her shoulders up and down in a sexy way in time with the music. What jokes and laughter came from that!. I have a gentleman that tries to hit my high notes every week and he can! We have a great time!
Every other Friday I get to pray while looking at the ocean! The perfect location for a senior community called, Five Star Premier of Pompano Beach! The room that I conduct Shabbat services gives us a great view. When I get to pray silently I look at the Ocean and thank God for the beauty God gives us. Most of the time, it is all female residents that come in. and they are a little more serious and love discussions. We can use “A Few Good Men!”
I have been at the Court At Palm Air now for 17 years! Friday nights I get to bring in Shabbat with my extended family. This is how I feel being there for so long. This community likes a more traditional service even though they enjoy my guitar playing. Even more, they enjoy when I take our grandson to help me conduct services. If he does not come for a few weeks, they threaten me! LOL
This year I will be conducting High Holiday Services at all three communities! I cannot believe how many times I will be singing Kol Nidre! LOL
I continue teaching great Jewish music to Temple Beth Torah Shaaray Tsedek (TBTST) in Tamarac. I am excited for another year of fun, learning, and laughter with the kids and my colleagues.
Oh! I will be conducting my Meditation Services at TBTST the last Shabbat of every month. They have been going so well, and everybody is welcome! You do not have to be a member to join us! If you want any information please contact me.
My private students consist of children from very soon, 3 through B’nai Mitzvah. This year I am teaching guitar and soon keyboard to a very young man who shows a maturity educationally and personally to Bar/Bat Mitzvah students. I am teaching a brother and sister team who live in Colorado via SKYPE. I will be flying there in June to conduct their ceremony.
I am excited about bringing in the new year, 5775 with so many people from young to old.
I certainly will not be bored this year with all the different things I am doing!
Happy New School Year everyone!