Promise is a big word that I think carries a bit of luck. I mean, you can do everything in your powers to keep a promise, but a storm or some bad fish could put an end to your best efforts. So, insofar as I can keep a promise, I'd like to tell you how I will teach this year.
Last year, I left you with the What:
Most important, I plan to teach you why you should respect yourself and why you must constantly dig for more information about yourself. And that it's a better choice to be ok with the information you discover than to wish you had her looks or smarts or strength. And when you trust that who you are is more than sufficient, I plan to teach you to choose confidence in yourself: choose to take a responsible risk, one that you must fail at in order to grow. Choose the risk of failure so that you can say to yourself, "I can do it and I'd like to try it again."
I'll teach you about the relationship between notes and rests, sound and silence. I'll teach you where to find that one sound in that one measure, and I'll teach you how to feel it. And then I'll teach you how to make the audience feel what you're feeling. I'll teach you that dancing and playing and singing are expressions of the human spirit. I'll teach you ways to listen, ways to sing, dance and play, ways to improvise and compose. I'll teach you that your voice, in some way, makes music that folks want to hear.
This year, I'll include the How:
Through expecting that you and I will live by our know when to blend-in and know when to stand out rule... Through expecting that you will choose to be passionate, professional, respectful, and artistic in all things. I'll give you as many choices as I can during the day so that you will feel responsible for your own decisions. I'll expect that you'll sing/play/dance in front of our class multiple times. I'll find ways every day to adjust the speed and the way we learn based on what you already know and how you already learn.
Most importantly, I'll expect that you will fully immerse yourself in the daily realizing of who you are.
Come with me on adventure that will leave you amazed at yourself and your classmates. And, make certain to bring a Composition Book and a pencil by next Tuesday, August 22nd.
Also, check this website often for new posts, concert days and times, Balfour sign-ups, and other information.
I can't wait to meet you or see you again, and I'm looking forward to making music...
Profe Brian Gonzales