I love this time of year.
Not just because I have (in my part-time teaching schedule) only EIGHT DAYS LEFT of school.
Okay. That might be part of it.
But I really love concert time. It's so exciting and so stressful. So many details to plan, information to communicate...tasks to accomplish, loose ends to 'tie,' students to motivate and empower. But the end result (especially when it exceeds your hopes and expectations) is simply magical. Watching the excitement and focus and pride reflected in your students eyes... Meeting parents and grandparents and hearing wonderful stories about the impact of music and music education. Feeling the adrenaline rush as the students look at you full of nervous excitement, bows poised, fingers placed...
...and then that rush of relief and exhaustion when it's all over.
Final rehearsals are happening this week, and so far, all is going well. Maybe too well, actually. And strangely, I'm not that nervous or stressed? Maybe I should worry about that. I probably should.
Anyways, if you'd like to see nearly 75 second graders playing Mozart on the violin on one stage....
Or just under 50 third graders performing together on violins, violas and cellos...
...you will not want to miss this Thursday night (May 10) at the North Muskegon FLEX center.
6:00 PM Second Grade Violin Concert
7:00 PM Third Grade Strings Concert
And next week, the Fourth and Fifth Grade String Ensembles will perform some Blues, Beethoven, Irish Fiddle tunes, Dvorak melodies, music from Handel's "Royal Fireworks Music," and more.
Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 PM.
I love my job.