years ago i came to grips with the fact that i am not musically talented, in any way. which was definitely a sad, hard thing for me to admit, seeing how i come from an incredibly musically talented family. my great aunt sang in a world famous choir for years, my grandpa (& at least one cousin) can play any song by ear on the piano, each & every one of my aunts, & most of my cousins have beautiful voices, as well as the ability to play numerous instruments. and then there’s me… i definitely got the short end of the stick. & it’s not for a lack of trying. i took piano for years, performed in numerous school musicals & participated in the school choir through out my elementary school years. only later did i realize, that singing was not something i could really “learn” to do, & short of my fairy god mother granting my wish, i knew that my dreams of becoming a broadway star would probably never come true.
fast forward a few dozen years to today… and although i still haven’t developed my musical talents, some one must have thought it would be a funny joke to ask me to be the chorister for the children, at the church i attend. you can imagine how overwhelmed & under qualified i feel. i can’t sing, i don’t know how to lead music & i have no idea how i’m going to teach & help a group of children ages 4-11 learn & memorize a large number of songs that they will be performing been busying myself – crash courses in reading & leading music ( in front of our congregation later this year. other than the fear, & worry that i will be terrible, i’m actually quite excited. i think this could be a really fun & exciting opportunity. i just hope i can relate to the kids, that we can have a lot of fun, & that both the kids & i learn a thing or two along the way. so i’ve been busying myslef – crash courses in reading & leading music (i’m getting better, however, if i miss a beat… then i’m in trouble), i’ve been scouring the internet for games to play, & i’ve talked to lots of lots of musically inclined people. but i’d love any & all advice that you feel like sharing. any help you could offer, in regards to music or teaching children, would be greatly appreciated.
so maybe i won’t ever play the lead in a broadway play, but hopefully, i’ll be able to make each child i work with feel like a star in their own right. wish me luck!