I have used this video and music clip with my Y8 classes this week. I love the video but the music for me, makes it. I love the story it tells and the way the music makes you feel, think, absorbs the listener and connects. Some students were reduced to tears, “the music made me cry”.
“The music made me reflect on my achievements and successes.”
“As the planes got better, stronger and higher, the music grew stronger too.”
“I love this piece, it makes me feel every emotion.”
We are talking about mood music and how different pieces of music can make people feel different ways. I love teaching listening, especially at the moment when my students are so motivated to be good listeners.
I showed a Y7 class the same video as part of a started activity and one student put his hand up, his answer almost reduced ME to tears.
“Have you showed us this Miss, because we are the inventors of the plane? So we try and it is a bit wrong, then we try again and it gets better. Then we’ll keep doing it and we’ll be like the planes at the end, because you want us to always try our best and we do, so we will fly higher?” (Y7 student- Belmont Community School, 6th March 2014
We had a lovely visit to our department from our link governor this week. She commented that one of the student panel said about our department “It’s where you can be who you want to be, not who you should be” and this also almost reduced me to tears. I feel proud my students can articulate themselves to visitors and also be so precise about their feelings.
I actually did have tears several times this week- I am becoming more and more of an emotional wreck at the moment- after asking SLT if I can host an alternative parent’s evening for Y7.
As a musician and a music teacher, I am so, so passionate about my subject and I know I can pass this, and have passed this onto my students. My Y7 classes are working at the highest standard I’ve EVER had, no lies here. I am so proud of them all, they are proud of themselves and each other. We held a celebration lesson this week in each Y7 class to congratulate each student who had made progress in this topic- The Beatles. Most students have made exceptional progress- more than a level higher than the end of the last topic. Many of them have reached or exceeded their end of year targets. I explained to the though, I don’t want them to get too concerned about numbers and levels, it was more about the skills they have developed. Some students can perform a melody and chords confidently on their own on the keyboards, some of them can write a detailed comparison between pieces of music, some can justify their confidence levels articulately, skills they have all developed since Christmas.
I want their parents to come and SEE what they can do, to see their books and to see their skills. SLT agreed I can do this and I actually can’t wait. I want the parents of my students to feel the pride that I do, to look through their child’s book and to say “Wow, look at his work, it’s amazing!” I want the students to perform their pieces they have learnt and for their parents to show them what they do in lesson. It will be so much more powerful than me telling them.
I had a bit of a flat week last week, a few dilemmas and decisions made that I was unsure of and combined with a busy week meant I didn’t feel at my best last week, but I know this week has top-trumped ALL weeks so far.