- Following a group listening of Igor Stravinsky's Suite for Petite Orchestra, I had to explain that he is no longer alive when a student asked where he lived. The class gasped in shock and every student was genuinely upset about this.
- The day I performed the Mozart bassoon concerto with a midi orchestral accompaniment, a student observed that while my playing was expressive and exciting, the orchestra seemed to be "just playing the notes".
- When I arrived to class one morning, a student greeted me by asking, "Ms. Midori, are we listening to more Gyorgy Ligeti this week?"
Saturday, January 4, 2014
As I reflect on the last 3 months with my students at PS 11, I wish that I could write down every funny, bright, beautiful moment that has happened with these 2nd graders. Since that would be impossible, here are a few special moments I would like to share:
It's moments like these that remind me that this work is so rewarding and special!