Posted by Klondike Waldo on Thursday, August 13, 2009
Well, the end of the summer has come and for once I'm not looking forward all that much to going back to school. My position has been cut down to less than half-time, which is not a good thing. Along with the reduction in pay and benefits, it means that I'll not be teaching some of the classes I really enjoyed the most- Guitar class, after school string band and of course my "wee fidgets" in the Kindergarten classes, who were such a joy to sing and play with. So now, I'll be Mr. Cameron or "Mr. C" for two periods a day at the middle school, but no longer Mr Bob to the little kids. I'll miss that for sure, especially the writing songs for the kids. Now I'll have to find a part-time jobs for the afternoon (hopefully teaching instrumental lessons) so I don't end up sitting around and rusting.
I took down Una Furtiva Lagrima from my music files because my singing is a lot better developed now and I have performed the aria in a couple of recitals and concerts. If I get another recording, I'll put it up.
In the meantime I've got some piping and banjo picking to do.
I just noticed I have to edit my banjo list too- the Maybell tenor went to a former student and the "Alex" has had a major makeover. I should have a blog about that soon.
Friday, August 14, 2009 @2:41:11 AM
These certainly are trying times that we live in. Hang in there, Bob. Any chance the "wee fidgets" can be developed into an after school program?
Klondike Waldo Says:
Sunday, September 13, 2009 @3:57:10 PM
Thanks, Rudy. Not likely. My day ends at the middle school at 11:15. After school for the wee fidgets would start at 3. As it happens, I'll be teaching group band instrument lessons to 5th graders in another town starting next week. It's the same distance away from my house as my current school is. I'll go home for lunch, then leave for the other school around 2. I might try to get some adult ed classes in the evenings somewhere local as well.
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