It is Christmas concert time here at St. John’s. Rehearsals are intense, kids are tired, and the teacher (me) is feeling a twinge of pressure. I am sure that music teachers everywhere go through this process. In order to remain at peace, I’m going to identify my goals–just to reiterate why we do these things.
Goal #1-The kids celebrate the mystery of Christmas in song and dance. (Hopefully, having fun…)
Goal #2-The kids will apply new learning to their performance such as a crossover pattern on the instruments, a new folk dance, or singing in a new language.
Goal #3-The kids have learned the character skills it takes to be a strong performer (courage, positive attitude, persistence, attentiveness, and organization). They are making a CONNECTION between contexts for the value of developing these skills.
Two more days to stay focused!