one step at a time.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Testing, testing, 1,2,3.

This morning I have been testing potential French Horn pupils. The region offer primary kids (P6 who I think are 9yrs old) the opportunity to test out 'endangered species' instruments. I was in a room and 2o-30 kids approx came to try horn, and my job was to get them to try playing it and to say 'yes' or 'no' to whether we should call them back.

I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. And many of the kids were great!

The point of the exercise is to select children who will be offered the chance to have lessons for a year for free. They'll get the instrument, and the lessons for the year paid for by the region. It's a great initiative - unlike anything we were offered back in the Shire. Having taught some of last year's selection I definitely think it's worthwhile.

12 comments:

the108 said...

I would LOVE to be a teacher.... I think you have a great job.

Travis said...

Sounds like a great way to introduce kids to music and instruments.

Annelisa said...

What an excellent idea... kind of like a scholarship!

CountryDew said...

This is a wonderful thing for students. Good for you for being a part of it.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

French horn...how absolutely fabulous!!! That instrument is gorgeous! How many kids did you pick to come back?

TopChamp said...

Quite a few - I think they give a large number of kids the chance. I believe the numbers are limited only by the number of instruments they have. So I only didn't pick kids who didn't realy want to try, or who really struggled to produce the notes... You want to give the chance to children who seem interested.

Akelamalu said...

Hi there I apologise for not calling on your sooner but I have only just found the comment you left on my blog! Love the title of your blog and the content, Ill be back to read more.

PS I have now published my Dad's book on my new website, details on my blog.

Akelamalu said...

Oh I just realised it sounds like I'm just here to plug the book, it was just that you commented you would be interested in reading it. :)

TopChamp said...

ha ha - and I meant it. I've been over to have a quick look already but didn't have time to get into it. Looked good though!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks, phew, I'm glad you didn't take it the wrong way! :)

that frolicsome kid said...

Wow, they are really fantastic to take up that opportunity to get their hands on trying French horn. That's really amazing! And the region is so nice to pay for their music lessons.

All I can say is "Wow!". =D

Mother of Invention said...

I love the French Horn! Were there some kids who had never played before? I played trombone and loved it!