Category Archives: Arts Education

Amazing + Hardest Day

It’s been an amazing day. It’s also been one of the hardest days ever too and it just finished.

I just finished talking with a parent. Talking to parents about their concerns with their children is one of the HARDEST things to do as a teacher. The parent is much happier, and I’m happy. It’s really all about customer service. Isn’t that what we all want? Hopefully, the parents will be much happier tomorrow.

My happy moment: Meeting Pearl Cleage one on one today. I’ve met so many cool playwrights at the Alliance Theatre: Suzi Lori-Parks, Pearl Cleage, Valdetta Anderson et. al. Just talking about anything…


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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Arts Education



MIA for a few days, maybe more than a few days. It’s been very hectic. Students at the Alliance Theatre go up and do a show tomorrow and Friday. The co-teacher and I had to work with the students for two weeks this summer and it’s been great, until today a student threw up and ALL the kids started complaining, saying they couldn’t remember their lines, freaking out, etc.

It was the, “Worst day that I’ve ever had,” she said. So, I had to gear myself up with some prayer from my Facebook friends, and prepare for whatever day that I was up against.

Went fine. Praise God.

You just never know how things are going to go. I’m looking forward to a great show with these students!┬áRock it babies!!!


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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Arts Education


MS Chorus

I’m teaching Middle School Chorus in the Fall 2011-12! Glad to see this happen. Got the job on May 2, 2011. I taught elementary music for 16 years, so I’m glad to make a change. I got a little teary-eyed today in the classroom, but quickly got over it! ­čÖé My goal is to continue teaching for as long as I can until it’s time to do voice-overs fulltime. I also work in drama education on the weekends and during the summer.

However, things are changing. I can tell that my energy level is not where it was, so I need to calm myself down and SLOW down. I wanted to do so many things in life, that it can now be overwhelming. I’m enjoying every┬ámoment of it. However, “Life is what happens, while you’re making other plans.” (John Lennon)

I really don’t want to make anymore of “my plans.” ┬áGod is much better at this than I am.


Note: I booked a job (yeah!) via a pay to play site and sent the invoice. Now, I just finished an audition via Creative Studios of Atlanta. Rest. Then, finish my agent’s VO with Aria Talent this evening. It’s 8:47 p.m. and I need a break! I like busy but not crazy. Going to rest. Bye!

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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Arts Education


Can’t Give Up Now

This song is stuck in my head. I have two song selections for the fifth grade promotional ceremony: “Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary with the class singing the chorus and a duet with a student and her teacher.┬á Also, the choral piece, “We Are the Young” by Mary Donnelly, arranged by George Strid.

They’re both great pieces and completely different, which is good. But the gospel song is on my mind. Can’t stop singing it in my head. Speaks to me and a lot of the kids, especially during these tough times with testing, and other things…It makes me cry and there were more than a few tears when the students heard the piece…boys (one of the toughest in my classes) and girls alike.

Can’t Give Up Now


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Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Arts Education


Drama + Music = Dissonance

Was praying to have a good day at work today. I was really excited about a parent who is an instrumentalist for the symphony and her child that I am teaching, until during class in one of my exercises, I discovered that she’s a musician..fantastic!

Until, after classes, she’s discussing with me what she likes and doesn’t like after each class…downer.

I’ve had teachers in my music and drama classes before. However, I’ll have to roll with the punches on this one. The parent is a difficult student. She’s trying to figure out everything that I’m doing and why. I would like for her to be on time for classes for one thing. Oops. I’m supposed to be positive. Okay. I’m thankful to have a lot of my dad’s patience (for children at least). Since turning 40, I can tell it’s waning a bit.

I was really excited to talk with her about Orff-Schulwerk technique … crickets…. and music friendly stuff that could be useful since she was interested in doing puppet plays for her neighborhood. Had a great conversation about the ASO Symphony Street performances that my students attended. Wrote a grant for 220 tickets so that first grade could hear the Symphony. However, it’s not working out. Don’t see a future lunch date after this session.

I’ll have to explain my reasons after class for the techniques that I use. Oops!!! Yippee!!!! I’ll have the DeKalb Honor Chorus Festival (which I love) next Saturday, so I won’t see her. Her daughter is cute though, extremely shy which shows in her body physically until she relaxes with the group.

So, the question of the day is this (by my professional musician parent).

How can a parent teach a child how to share? It’s a great question. I redirected her to other parents, since I’m not a parent myself. They would be more helpful to her, I think. I’ll do some research on it as well.

Anyone have any ideas? I was hoping to have some great conversations with this parent. Unfortunately, I’m stuck with her critiques, like the class should be just action and less talking. True, however, a child needs to comprehend my exercises with some questions so that I know the child comprehends the exercises. Her daughter is extremely shy too so the child needs to talk more within the group. It’s stuff like that…. Anyone have social skill ideas that I can use? Or that she can use? I need to survive so that I can teach a future class.


Note: Maybe she’s just being observant and helpful. Artistic people MUST have a thick skin. That’s a mandatory job description.


Posted by on April 30, 2011 in Arts Education