Somehow, Tuesday is always harder on my students than Monday was. Those that were wide awake yesterday are exhausted today. I’m sure why that happens. It just seems to work out that way. Thankfully, most were excited to come into our classroom and work to learn right away. Those that needed more time, took a few more minutes to regroup and quickly joined in.
Today…Tuesday, was our first day with staging our pieces for our upcoming concert. This is always a challenge because some students don’t feel comfortable “dancing” in front of an audience. With the help and support of the other students, we find ways to help alleviate most stresses. Through this process, we realize that if we all work together, the show will be a success. If someone doesn’t give their all, it will be that person the audience looks at…sometimes with a critical eye, sometimes with confusion, sometimes with pity. If they do their best, no one will know they don’t feel comfortable. The students are also reminded that we have about three weeks to practice and accomplish all of this…ample time to help each of us become more practiced and at ease with what we are going to do.
I haven’t told most of the classes yet that I will be singing with one of the groups. The group I will be singing with knows, just not the others. I haven’t ever sung with my students at any of our concerts thus far. When we practice and I demonstrate what I want from them, many of my students have asked me to sing to them. Some have even asked me to sing with them on occasion. However, I have always felt it was their show…not mine.
Earlier this year, I went to a music training where the presenter talked about ways to enhance our choir performances. Many of those ways are in the works for this concert. But one stuck out to me…the presenter asked us why we weren’t singing with our students. The responses given were very much like my thoughts. He then went on to say…If you aren’t sharing your talents with your students, what are doing teaching them? Wow, that made me think.
So, I went to my advanced group and asked them what they wanted. Did they want me to sing with them? Would they rather have it be solos from the students? Although there are always students that want to sing solos, I was really surprised by the number of students that wrote on a silent/anonymous ballot that they wanted me to sing with them. I was honored.
I still want them to shine more than me so I gave into their requests for me starting the song with a black stage and spotlight, them slowly joining me on stage singing as they enter but then I will back off so my voice blends rather than stands out. It will be an interesting evening as this piece is our closing number. It will be interesting because many decisions should have been made by then. It will be interesting to see what some of the parents say about me performing with their students.
For now, I worry not about those things.
For now, I care much more about getting the students ready and finding my groove with how we want to perform it.
For now, I will continue to look for Tuesday afternoons:
I’m just beginning to see
Now I’m on my way
It doesn’t matter to me
Chasing the clouds away