One of the perks of being a music teacher is that my students get to perform and display their talents for their friends and families! Over the past twelve years, my students have performed at Harrisburg Senators baseball games, special events at local businesses, and of course at our schools. I've directed choirs, show choirs, recorder bands, and school wide shows that included anywhere from 250-400 students!
Every other year, my elementary school puts on a "musical" that features all 3rd and 4th grade students- around 250 kids. Each year I pick a theme. This year, it's Rock and Roll! They're performing songs like Jailhouse Rock, Splish Splash, Rockin' Robin, and Surfin' USA. We have been rehearsing in music class pretty much ever since we came back from winter break. We are READY!
This week, we are finally able to rehearse on the stage. This is when all the final details come together... who stands where, how can we get 250 kids on the stage as quickly as possible, etc, etc, etc. I like being in charge but it is stressful. It's one of the most stressful weeks ever!
But that's the life of a music teacher! Even though this week is going to force me to be calm and patient, it is all going to pay off on Thursday night when the students get to be SUPER STARS and show off all of their hard work!
Is there a particularly stressful week or time of the year for your job?