Posted by Klondike Waldo on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Well, some changes have happened here since the last blog. My part-time teaching position(formerly full-time) has increased to .6 from .4 of fulltime. I'm teaching grades 6, 7 and 8, Band, Chorus , General Music. I've also stared teaching part-time in another school district the same distance away in the opposite direction- elementary band instrument lessons, after school to fifth graders. I have 38 kids who signed up for a round of ten half-hour group lessons, after which we performed in a concert.
We'll be starting up the second round when school resumes Jan 4.
Our son got home for Christmas on a 4 day liberty and my old Dad has made another of his remarkable, improbable recoveries, so it was a very good Christmas.
On the banjo front, I've finished re-working "Lexi", the banjo formerly knownas Alex. I had replaced the old open-gear guitar tuners with some asian planetaries received in trade. Unfortunately, the K&H tuners would not hold a tuning so I eventually replaced them with some better quality guitar tuners I had in my parts kit. I'll sell that banjo in the Spring after I've given a workshop on using banjo in the classroom at the state music teachers' convention.
I have not put in the time on the tenor banjo I need in order to make it sound decent yet, so nothing else to report on that front.
The tenor I have had time to work on is me. I'm singing in a couple of choirs in addition to singing as a cantor in my own parish and continuing the voice lessons. I'm hoping to branch out into more performances this coming Spring and Summer.
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'Good Sunday Morning' 27 min
'El Gaucho' 48 min
'Good Indian' 50 min
'Washburn B-16 banjo' 4 hrs