A Music Teacher’s Dream Day
The students loved participating in this project. When asked how he felt, fourth grade student Alexander K. said, “I was so happy, I just wanted to sing in it! The Canada Flag is 50 years old and that’s pretty special.” Like Abir C. most of our students agree they, “feel happy when I sing O Canada.” All our students recognize just how proud they feel to be a Canadian, and I share this pride too, but most especially when singing our national anthem.
Our second musical celebration took place this afternoon. We have had the opportunity to have a drumming residency at our school for the past two weeks. One World Drumming instructor David, taught us how to feel African rhythms and to play with not only our hands, but also our hearts, and play we did. We held two concerts at the school to allow all the students the opportunity to perform for their families, and it was indeed an amazing experience.
Something I love about being a music teacher, is the opportunity to share the gift of music, each and every day with my students. It truly makes me appreciate the wonderful benefits of fine arts education in our schools and in our lives. Days like today are busy, and a great deal of work, but they are always worth it! They create treasured memories in the here and now and also in the future.
This Thanksgiving weekend, I am truly grateful for opportunities like today, that I am afforded in my career. I give thanks for the wonderful, talented students and staff I get to work with every day. I have an extra large helping of gratitude for our wonderful full-time music instructor Mrs. Jessica McBride (@jmmuise) who continually inspires me with her energy, expertise and musical talents.
For more information videos, photographs and art work for the Hometown Proud Canada flag project can be found at: www.flagofCanada.ca.
For information and opportunities to try your hand at drumming, contact: www.oneworlddrum.com