I love my job. It is challenging, it's enjoyable, and so rewarding. I was asked this week how many kids I have. I don't like that question, but I am getting used to the fact that as long as I am a teacher, it will be asked. My new answer is " 94: 49 piano/ music kids, and about 45 primary kids." I will be a mother some day, I hope. I love my 94 kids, they help to fill the hole in my heart. Here are some funny things that happen while at work: Luke(5): "Stefanie (his nanny) if we have time can we get Shaylee a coffee or something?" apparently I was looking tired. When I give him a new song we find the hand position, he will look up at his song , then at me and say "I don't think I can do this" "I didn't play that last song too good, do I still get candy?" "Shaylee, I think we have too much fun in here sometimes." Every time Luke comes to a rest in his music he stops, turns his head and says "rest". It makes me laugh every time. Little Mozarts (3-4 yr olds): how old are you? How old do you think I am? 4! Hey, I'm 4! Oh you must be 5 then. "what? It's time to go already?" I love that one, so much better than are we done yet! "We should do this everyday not just one time a week" Isabella (6): This song was too easy, you should give me a harder one, not too hard, just hard enough. (the next week) these songs are great, they are good fit songs. Olivia (9): "woah! your hair grows fast! Now promise you won't cut it off again, okay?" Mohamed (7): hey this song is about a princess, like you. Wait, you're not a princess, you don't wear dresses! "I'm learning to drive a car!" He then proceeds to stomp on the pedals and yells "get outta the way!" Stephen:(7) "you know pokeman?" no. "well there is a girl named Shaylee in pokeman" cool. Jennifer (15): "My brain is literally exploding right now"...."ahh, my brain!" My thursday Mozarts all left vowing to bring me special pictures that they will color just for me. So sweet! Little Mozarts: I told them it was almost one to leave and they went over to the piano and started yelling at my clock! "Stop or I'll put you in time out/ jail". Sometimes I have to be a mean teacher. I love the reactions when I tell one of my students that I do not have to be nice. I am getting paid to teach them how to play piano and I don't have to be nice to do it. I hardly ever raise my voice or use my authoritative voice, but when I do, kids definitely pay attention. I just consider those times mean mommy in training moments. And I do consider myself a mommy-in-training, an my students give me lots of practice opportunities.
Now for some pictures to make this long post more enjoyable.
Sometimes my kids get creative with their practice charts.