Spotted in Manila, 2014

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Teaching ups and downs

We have continued to teach the students basic rhythm notation and pitch recognition through songs and games. They continue to amaze me with how fast they improve and how much effort they give every day in music class.
However, we have had to work very hard to get to this level. For the past 3 days we have been without a classroom at SPED because they principal neglected to tell us that the auditorium we planned to use for class is occupied by all the teachers of Catarman and their convention. I've been working on my flexibility and patience as teaching outside in the dirt needs both. On top of that, since our lessons involve a lot of singing and clapping, we have been asked to relocate several times by the nearby teachers as our lessons are too loud and distracting to the kids. But we've made due.
Two days ago, we asked each student to bring an old bottle from home. Yesterday they brought them in and we made percussion instruments together! They decorated the outside and each made the choice of what to fill it with. Their options were: Sand only (for a shaker with a piano dynamic), sand and rice (mezzo piano), rice only (mezzo forte), rice and rocks (forte), and rocks only (fortissimo). The kids really enjoyed their shakers and using those shakers in a game of zip-zap-zop substituting shakes for clapping.
Also using our shakers, we've been spending a lot of time on our group song which we will perform this weekend at the final concert. The SPED students will be singing Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and the high schoolers will be singing a Filipino pop song, "12:51" by Krissy and Erika. I can't wait to show them off to the town!

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