Well...not today...but last Tuesday I was forced WAAAYYYYY out of my comfort zone and went and taught 95 10-21 year-olds on the York Youth Choir course. EEEP! I don't usually DO teenagers...and certainly not in quite such alarming numbers...so I was pretty petrified...
BUT it all seemed to go well. They were split into two groups - I had the younger, 10-14 year olds, in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon (when they weren't with me they were doing Dalcroze with a fabby colleague of mine). Each group had two one-and-a-half hour sessions and I was POOPED by the end of the day - the older group was 50+ (including a good 20 lads) - these are really big groups to work with!
Apparently there was a real mix of experience and abilities - from those who don't read music at all to those who are doing 'A' Level, have perfect pitch etc. But I seemed to be able to get them all doing things, from silly games to intervals, scales, (pentatonic, modal, whole-tone), ostinati, letter names, improvising...this last was fun - got them to perform a short improv with a partner and I managed to make one of the younger group cry
. I felt really bad until one of the organisers told me that this was not an unusual occurrence for this lad...
PHEW. I had loads of the older group REALLY interested in doing more Kodály training - they seemed really blown away by it all - so I went off mightily relieved, quite excited and totally pooped!!!
Treated myself to a couple of days' holiday mooching around the Yorkshire Dales/North York Moors, which was fab.
The worst thing was feeling quite ill on Thurs and coming home a bit earlier than I had planned - thus missing a planned meeting with Floss and mwl1
But apart from that - and all the worry and fretting beforehand - it was a fab experience!