But not like with animals or anything.
The local symphony orchestra was hosting an arts appreciation event on my campus, and I was working the “Petting Zoo” table with all the instruments for kids to try out and experiment with. I had everything from toddler’s trying to eat the instruments to 5th/6th graders showing off for their parents. It was a cool experience, and I learned a few tricks from watching my peers teach their primary instruments to the kids. It was interesting to see how differently each kid reacted to the different instruments, and also how my peers and I handled teaching them about instruments that weren’t our primaries.
One of my biggest pet peeves as a musician is when musicians/teachers who don’t play jazz refer to swung eighths as dotted-eighth-sixteenths rather than triplet eighths.
We’re doing peer teachings focused on lyric dictation, singing, and a musical concept. This one girl who taught today decided to do “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” from Frozen and could barely get through the lesson without someone bursting into song. Since 80% of my class is vocal majors, it was quite a way to start the morning.
Theory that my music history prof is a centuries old wizard: Confirmed
Theory that my MUHI prof is a lizard man: CONFIRMED
Spent a good portion of the morning/afternoon recording a rough take of Cornerstone by Hillsong with the lovely and talented Rachel. It was our first attempt at recording together, and my first attempt recording something more than just instrumental tracks. We’ve been working on a few songs to cover and get experience with the recording/producing/studio process. Hopefully when it’s all said and done and we finally start writing songs together, we will have a better understanding of each other and the different processes.
Anyway, it was a BLAST, but it wore me out and taught me a lot about my playing and singing that I don’t normally realize. I’ll most likely post some of the final products here for you guys in some way or another.