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School times

I've missed being in school. I didn't really realise until earlier when I was in working with my kids, all 6 classes of them.

I have to admit that I was a little scared this morning when one of my y8's decided to play us a piece of music from High School Musical 3. Before 10am on a Monday is too early for HSM. It was also a little scary that lots of my kids were really getting into it, especially the lads...
I didn't have a lot to do with my y8s this morning though, cause I was teaching Sam some theory. Well, bass clef, at least.

Y9 were doing their presentations. They were supposed to be doing them last week, but they all conveniently 'forgot' their stuff. I think they wanted to show me their presentations, because I wasn't in last week. Some of them were very good and I'm really impressed with them. This group has definitely changed since September. Yes they're still loud and raucous at time, but they're quite fun and are getting to be a nice group to work with, in general.

This afternoon I had some great fun. I took the y7 and y8 classes and did some listening work with them. Normally music classes hate doing listening, but not when I'm around. Today I had them trying to work out what the 'music' was in 'Le Mans 2007 FX' - the sound of Le Mans 07. It's good fun and really odd to work with. I tried getting them to pick out the elements of it, to hone their listening skills and it worked quite well. It's amusing because they also thought that it sounded like a train station to start with, which shows how things can be deceptive. There are also parts of it that sounds quite minimalist. Whoever thought that Le Mans could be so musical!
Then I had them listening to an amazing piece of music called Love Story meets Viva la Vida by Jon Schmidt.

This had them completely in awe. They couldn't work out how many instruments were in it, or how many people were in it! I had answers from about 6 to 50, which is phenomenal when it's only 2 people, with Piano, Cello, Bass Drum and voice.
It's interesting how the Viva la Vida rhythmic theme appears in the first half, without it sounding out of place. One of my Y8s picked up on this but didn't realise why he thought it sounded like Coldplay to start with, well, not until I explained it all later. The two songs also fit together very well and it now sounds slightly odd to listen to them separately! I also love how the melodic line of Love Story doesn't always stay in the highest voice. It's moved around and yet it works very well. It doesn't confuse or detract from the music at all.

When I asked the kids if anyone liked the piece, everyone in the room put their hand up straight away. Both times. That's approximately 50 kids just completely overwhelmed by it. Yes, they know the tunes, but they're not done in the usual pop way. It's more classical, so it's amazing to see them like it.
Good times, good times.



( 8 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you had a great day, and your kids sound so cute... and you're right the mix of both songs is actually quite good, cellos are after all such versatile instruments (look at apocalyptica), oh and I prefer this version so much!!!! thanks for showing it to me
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
My kids can be insanely annoying, but when I get to do fun things like this with them, it's good. I love my y3's cause they're ace and I normally like them more than my older ones, but this was a good day.

The song is very good isn't it. I love the mix. In a way, very simple, yet very effective, but in another way, very complex!
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
well like most kids, they have they bad moments too, but as long as in like 3 years you can look back and have good memories, that's all it matters right?

there's something so good about a song that can be simple at the eye and yet so complicated that I adore, they managed with only 3 instruments to do something so complicates is just perfect
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like working with them :)

It's just a phenomenal piece XD

Love the icon too!
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I knew you would!! I was looking for icons yesterday and saw it and just love it!!! I took like 5 of the same girl (including this one too XD)

kids when they behave are a blessing, when they aren't... you think back at the moment they were and repeat... they will go there... they will go there XD
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
EEEP!! Mike Wyzowski! or however you spell it!

My kids may send me up the wall at times, but I love them really. I still don't know all their names though. 8 classes worth is hard to remember!
Apr. 27th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
well of course, 8 class, that's like waow, you poor thing!!! you must be tired all the time right? GO YOU!!!

and yeah it's boo!!! "mike waszoski!!!" I love her, and the icon is so pretty... LOVE IT
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Apr. 30th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I'll have a look when I can play sound!
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