Friday, May 9, 2008

I AM MUSIC TEACHER, HEAR ME SING!


It is over.

I did it.

Do you remember my first post, "I am Blogger, Hear Me Roar!" ?

It seems like a lifetime ago, and yet it was just four months ago.

January.

In that opening post I wrote about my
incredibly-demanding-outside-of-the-home-paying-job.


" Oh, and if my life is not fulfilling enough with my own three, I teach a Creative Movement class once a week at my son's preschool. For those three hours a week you may also add: "move it-groove it-run it- hop it-shoot it-STOP IT-jump it- twist it-bend it-toss it- shake it-but don't break it or dislocate it" to my title"

Creative Movement teacher.

One day.

Three hours.

Easy peasy.

There is something I haven't told you.

For the last eight weeks, I have also been a sing it- hum it- drum it- tap it-clap it- snap it-twinkle, twinkle little star it.

That is right.

I. am. the. music. teacher.

I teach music.

ME!

The girl who cannot carry a tune in a bucket.

The girl who knows NOTHING about pitch, measure and what the heck a quarter rest is.

Go back to my first post.

I wrote this:
" I cannot write songs like my father, nor can I sing. I do not have the gift of music that flows in the blood of the men in my family. (I cannot play anything except the radio, and it usually plays things like, "Wheels on the Bus".)

Why then am I the music teacher?

The former music teacher had some health issues that caused her to retire early.

She was unable to finish out the school year.

There were only eight weeks left.

I can only assume they asked me because of my bubbly personality.

Or, possibly my easy nature with preschool children.

It was certainly NOT my musical ability.

Alright... They. Were. Desperate.

It has been fun though.

Today was our annual Mother's Tea.

It is tradition that forty or so children adorn the stage and belt out scream sing about eight songs.

Lead by the music teacher.

Me.

That tradition continued today.

I was quite nervous.

Parents of preschoolers can be critical.

I led.

They followed.

All eight songs were sung loudly, with the right actions, and just a dash of drama.

Only one child had to be taken off the stage by a parent.

Only one child pulled his shirt up over his head.

Only one child put his finger up his nose.
Okay...two.

I would call it a success.

The ovation...it was standing!

Enrollment did not plummet after our performance.

Oh, and the Director of the Preschool asked me if I would be the Music Teacher next year.

I am thinking about it.

* if you know me or have heard me sing...please stop the insatiable urge to laugh as you read this post!

20 comments:

Kristen said...

Yea, for your OBVIOUS new talent!

Great Job Teacher Wendi!

I saw only two kids with fingers in their noses is a complete success.

Happy Mother's Day!! :)

Kristen said...

I meant "I think only two kids..."

Sorry, this "teacher" really should proof-read! :)

Cecily R said...

With kids its ALL about how you present it, not how you sound. I learned that fast.

I spent three years as the Primary chorister. I was called because I sing. I was NOT called because I have any musical talent beyond singing. The kids don't give a flying fig if you sound good. Only if you have fun.

I'm sure you are PERFECT for the job.

And really? Only ONE pulled a shirt over their head? That has to be a record or something!!

Pearls To Hide My Neck said...

This is so funny. I used to teach "fit and fiddle" to 2's thru 1st. I lost 5 pounds the first week! I too cannot carry a tune but there I was singing and dancing. The kids thought it was great. I always tried to have music playing when parents were around so maybe I didn't sound quite as bad.
You should totally go for teaching the music class. It sounds like you're great at it.

The Reed's said...

I think I just want to join the class to see you "move it-groove it-run it- hop it-shoot it-STOP IT-jump it- twist it-bend it-toss it- shake it".
Sounds like you have done a great job at taking over. :)

Emy5 said...

That is wonderful Wendi. Great job!

Blessings From Above said...

You sound like such a fun teacher!!! I bet your students have a blast.

duchess said...

Sounds like a lot of fun - way to go teach!
You must be pretty good if they want you to come back.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

wish I had a fun teacher when I was goign to school! Jelouse!

Katie said...

Yea! I'm glad it went so well! You should definitely do it next year!

Lauren said...

I LOVE YOUR WRITING!! You are a scream! and I wasn't referring to the children belting it out kind of scream...you are a hilarious writer...


I cracked up at the, "shake it don't break it or dislocate it" heh, heh, heh,

and, heh, heh the, "Alright...They. Were. Desperate."

You are a good time...

Grammy Staffy said...

Good for you!!! That is the same way that I got my first teaching job. My son's preschool teacher fell and broke her arm and decided to retire. So they asked me to fill in until they could hire another teacher.....two years later I was still teaching there which worked out well since I could take my youngest child to work with me. Later it was good experience for me because I ran a preschool as part of my child dev. classes I taught in high school for 22 years.

So....good luck music teacher. You never know where it may lead.

Dancin Queen said...

How cute! I'm sure you're fabulous!

just jamie said...

Wow. That is so stinkin' cool. See, just like we tell our kids that thy can do or be anything ... you must have absorbed some of that magic. Bravo!

Lisa @ Take90West said...

How cool! I don't think I could ever do that. :)
Congrats on your new gig!

Sue said...

Sounds like a blast and like you are great! Go for it!

i'm kelly said...

oh i 'd love to hear any of your tips and or tricks. i've recently been asked to teach music & am a bit musically challenged myslef. i'd love to have a success story of my own.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Cecily said it best.. it's about fun not tune!

McMommy said...

Hooray!!! Whether you can sing or not...it doesn't seem to matter...they LOVE you and asked you to stay!!!

p.s. I say you teach the kids how to play DRUMS or the recorder...and tell them to practice, practice, practice at home...heh, heh! I kid, I kid.

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

I'm now going to call you Miss Wendi.

Does it ever feel strange to you that at preschool, you refer to all the teachers as Miss?

Sometimes I feel a little odd calling the mid 60-ish director Miss Chris.

Stop frontin' - you're a rockstar and you know it!