Sunday, December 6, 2015
This was our best week for composition, I think, ever! Middle schoolers were asked to create a melody based on a particular mode (a group of notes) and tonal center. At first, while there were a few excited kids and many scared kids. "I don't know how to write a melody." I don't know where to start." "I don't know what to do." By the end of the class, we didn't have time for everyone who wanted to to share their compositions. It took too long for everyone to comment on how much they loved each others' melodies. It was one of those weeks when I thought that everything we do at SK magically works exactly the way it is supposed to. Scales and fingerings and notes and lessons turned into creativity and melody and excitement and brilliance and riveting performance.