A day in the life...
I am a middle school choir and handbells teacher. My day is spent playing piano, waving my arms, and running around like a crazy person. I love my job. Here's an anatomy of a typical day for me:
6:50 a.m. Leave home. Commute to school via the George Washington Parkway, where I drive along the Potomac River and have views of the Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center, and Georgetown University.
7:15 a.m. Arrive at school. Check email, take care of last-minute details for Community Sing.
8:15 a.m. Community Sing. This event happens four times a year and involves the student body, faculty, staff, and parents all singing together. Yesterday I was the emcee. Great fun ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in three parts sounded amazing).
9:20 a.m. 7/8 Women's Choir. Among the pieces we're working on is "A World We Cannot See" by Jim Papoulis, a new commission we're part of through Chorus America. The girls adore the piece, as do I.
10:10 a.m. Fifth Grade Choir. These kids are hysterical. So much fun.
11:00 a.m. Check email, last minute preparation for the rest of the teaching day.
11:10 a.m. Lunch
11:15 Fire Drill (which just happens to be during the 15 minutes I have to eat lunch)
11:25 Quickly scarf down remainder of lunch.
11:30 Fourth Grade recess duty
12:20 7/8 Men's Choir. We're working on two Laura Farnell pieces (love her stuff!) including "She Walks in Beauty," one of the greatest pieces I've taught yet.
1:05 Sixth Grade Choir
1:50 7/8 Handbells. We're playing a transcription of "Clocks" by Coldplay. It's hip.
2:30 Check email, prepare for Music Man rehearsal
3:30 My colleague stopped by with her two year old daughter. So cute!
4:15 Music Man rehearsal
6:25 Depart Norwood
7-8:15 p.m. gym
8:30 Dinner/finish up re-arrangement of "Lida Rose" for Music Man
9:00 Catch up news and send a couple of personal e-mails
All in a days work! It is crazy to me how different my day is from someone who works in an office. I spend my day making music and laughing with wonderful, creative kids. I am an extremely lucky man.
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I sing. I conduct. I teach. I read. I love argyle. I wear mismatched socks. I drink a lot of coffee. I run. I want to make beautiful music always.