My string program is going bonkers this year-45 beginning 3rd graders (who actually waited to open their cases until I said it was ok), about 14 new Suzuki students, 14 or so older beginners and all the rest who already play. This is good and bad, because most of my students need to use a school instrument. I have already thrown in all of the extra VSOs that I own. I some how have to turn about the 5 instruments that are left into about 15. Anybody got a VSO that wants to retire to a warm climate? I won't send it to the attic, either!
My beginners all started today-40 third graders, at least 12 beginning Suzuki violinists, plus all the others. I think there are about 100 string players at my elementary school. The other half of my job is now just elementary music. Only almost 500 names to attempt to learn. Definitely an improvement over last year.
I also heard a new reason for why a student did not have a violin and would not be continuing. Her mom "put in the attic and she can't go up there" (I translate that as mom told a fib because she returned it to the store). And if she did stick it up there, well, I can only imagine what a summer in a Macon attic would do to a violin!
Hey, out of today's nine classes of kindergarteners and first graders only one kid threw up! I learned that perhaps less lively movements to the steady beat might be in order if the kids have had a late breakfast. And yesterday, I had the prerequisite first dropped violin of the year that knocked a fingerboard loose. My strings classes now all take place 3 flights of stairs away from my students' classroom, so by the end of the day, I have walked about 30 flights of stairs. I will either get in great shape or need knee replacements.
School has started. I am strictly doing elementary strings and elementary music this year:). My strings students start up next week, so today I had to start auditioning kids for chorus. Not really being a pianist, I learned the easiest possible arrangement of "America" to use as the main try-out song. Enough of them sang "of three I sing" that I checked the song sheet to make sure I did not have a typo. I now know that my own 5 and 6 yr old are really good singers and that I can in fact play the piano better than the average 4th grader can sing.
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