Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday 18th March - Weekly Round Up

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Being British, of course the main news has to be about the weather.

Today we woke to a grey morning, but with a cover of snow on cars and roofs, an untidy scattering of white on the grass. So there must have been a bit of snow in the night. Nothing all day - just cold, cold coldness, in spite of the met's 60% promise of snow. We were stuck in the 40% area. Now, hurrah! Real Snow! I wonder what it will be like tomorrow morning...

I scrambled through the week's teaching, greatly assisted by a number of students being absent from their lessons (sore throat, school trip, imminent clarinet exam). The worst moment was accompanying a Grade 6 violin exam. The candidate is vastly, vastly improved from the first session we had together, but his counting still can't be trusted. So the bar he "always" got wrong, and I was prepared for, he got right, which caused me a few problems. There were places in all three pieces where I needed to be super alert, like when I suddenly had to turn my page earlier than I was expecting, and other places where I had to wait and judge the moment. Hey - we started and finished together, and didn't stop along the way! That has to be good.

Wednesday was a birthday for someone special. He received presents in pretty paper or Amazon wrappings from the offsprings, but I hadn't managed to wrap my tokens of appreciation. Not exactly true - they were "wrapped" in a shopping bag a friend brought me as a souvenir from Hong Kong. So, rather than wrap them 30 seconds before giving them to him, he played "lucky dip". No chocolate, as I had bought a giant dark chocolate Toblerone
Toblerone Dark Chocolate Bar 360g
in advance and already handed it over when emergency chocolate was required.

Today has been highly satisfactory from my point of view. I've had a pyjama day, or rather a nightdress day. Cups of tea and coffee, and meals, have materialised at regular intervals - what a treat.- and I have accomplished a number of things that I wanted to do, and many more that I just felt like doing.


Sunday 18th March - Blog Catch-up

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No, not news from home, not yet.

Just that I have moved the book list for this year - read, reading, not started, not even bought yet - from the sidebar of the blog to a separate page.

I've even rattled off a few sentences to excuse, explain, or otherwise comment on them....

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Sunday 11th March 2018 - Mothering Sunday

I got given this!

Totally brilliant! Also flowers, cards and cake which are all always welcome...

But This! A battery operated lightbox with interchangeable letters! So, so good, I need to post two photos.

I'm tempted to use it for all sorts of things. For example... I could change it so that the first line is blank, and the next two lines say "can play my scales!" and let pupils put their names up in lights!

Oh Yeah!

Yesterday I got out my mini voice changer that someone gave me for... was it a birthday? Christmas? Mothering Sunday? Can't remember.

World's Smallest Voice Changer, Assorted

It is an excellent device for scaring assisting pupils to remember their sharps and flats and fingerings.

I have been doing sums; specifically counting; something has gone a bit crazy in my life, as I am now teaching 42 piano and theory pupils, and 2 small groups of recorder pupils, and 7 lessons of class music, and 1 school choir, and 1 school singing assembly, and 1 class of guitars, and 1 drumming group and 2 keyboard groups, every week. I think that is 57 groups in total. Which is around 30 hours of teaching as some lessons are 20 minutes, some are 30 mins, some are 45 mins and some last the whole hour. How did that happen? Somehow I can't have been paying attention to how my days were filling up.

Bit it does explain why, by the time I get to Wednesday, two things happen. Firstly I get just a leetle teeny weeny less patient in the lessons, and then, at about 8pm, I fall asleep.
Things Will Have To Change.

I have already arranged to swap the keyboard groups (90 mins) for some piano teaching (80 mins), so there's a ten minute reduction in workload after Easter. 

Meanwhile, I shall enjoy my cake, and flowers, and cards, and light-box!

Now, I need to send that lad an email to remind him to get some music to me, and order a load of music books for those pupils, and adjust my calendar to take into account school trips, assemblies and a music exam that I will accompany on Friday. Situation Normal for Sunday...