Two of my six music classes are working on creating, writing, and performing complex rhythms in class. They are using instruments from all over the world and the skills and information we have learned to far in class to take it to the next level. It’s been wonderful watching students in their groups creating music together– smiling, laughing, and getting so excited when it sounds good and wanting to try it all over again or even better, trying something else all while saying things like, “That tempo was perfect,” or “let’s change that dynamic for mezzo piano.” And when they are writing things down one student helps another with, “those should be eight notes and then sixteenth notes” and “that measure needs another beat in it.” And when they perform they are so excited to show the class the wonderful new thing they have created. It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. It’s why I’m a music teacher.
Today’s joy is the joy of watching students grow in knowledge, skill, and confidence.