I’ve reflected a lot on my teaching career recently. The successes, the failures, the students, the colleagues, everything. Through this reflection, I realized that the time I feel most alive, most energized is when I’m giving the prep for a performance piece. In that prep, the piece is still perfect and the air is full of hope.
As I’m typing this, we’re in the middle of teacher prep week in my district and I believe this week is analogous to a performance. The year is not yet marred by long days, bad rehearsals, late buses as you wait to travel to CPA or All-State Chorus auditions or middle school clinics, scheduling conflicts, or any of the myriad other things that can and most likely will go wrong.
When you’re giving the prep for a piece of music, you know things are going to happen but you give the prep anyway. And you make music with your musicians to the best of your ability. And you pull music out of them to the best of their ability. Your prep this week lays the foundation for you to create musicians this year. When you create musicians, you create artists. And artists create beauty. And beauty is certainly something we could use a lot more of these days.
Wishing you a beauty-filled year,
Gregory Pittman, President
SCMEA Choral Division