Hey. Just wanted to post about some things that are going well at school. My recorder students are learning to read rhythms and music. I am pushing them almost as hard as I would a beginning band student. And it is working. They are reading rhythms and letter names and fingering at the same time.
My kids singing skills are getting better. Still weak. I found that using a guitar and having them match a pitch gets them a little more focused on good pitch. It gets tough when you have more non participants than participants. Those classes really drag on.
I played Michael Jackson’s recording of Never Can Say Goodbye to let my elementary boys hear a boy voice. I might be getting a little traction on that one. I am going to keep playing stuff for them to hear.
I really like the PS22 choir and how much energy and emotion they put into their performances. I would like to know what Mr. B does to teach them.
If anyone out there is reading and has suggestions or knows about Mr. B please drop me a response. I need to learn more about how teaches his kids, My kids are afraid or reluctant to put effort into or work at something.