House progress, a move, a natural playground, and the Sacred Music Institute
I feel bad that I have been absent for so long! I finished my St. Stephen's papers the day before we closed on our house. Then for the next few months I demoed plaster, scraped paint, and painted. When my friend found out that I was carrying a sawzall, a cordless drill and an impact driver in my car he said that I had turned into a contractor...and sometimes I felt like one!
Anyway, we moved into the house on June 3rd even though half of it was still in progress. Even now, we have a toilet in the corner of the music room, a sink in the hall closet and 20 windows in the sun room waiting to be installed. So, things are still pretty crazy around here but at least we have functioning appliances---which was not the case for the first month we lived here!
The other big project that I have been spearheading is the planning and installation of a new natural playground at my children's school. I created a website and have been spending 5-10 hours a week on the planning and installation of the playground. The local paper did a story on one of our events. This project should be winding down in the next few months which hopefully means more time for Byzantine Beginnings.
Because of the house and the playground, I deferred the St. Stephen's course for the second semester. I got behind on the readings and couldn't imagine spending all of July reading and writing 30 pages of papers. This freed up my schedule so I went to the Sacred Music Institute. My husband kind of owed me since he has gone on a ski trip, a weekend visit to friends in Canada, a weekend trip to Cabo San Lucas, and a week trip to Cancun---all since February!
Nick Jones and I taught a class on Byzantine Notation (for beginners) at the institute and we had a good turnout. We had three hours of instruction and packed a lot in. Many of the chanters in our class requested a more advanced class for next year that would follow the class that Nick has taught for the last few years.
It is interesting to me that almost 10% of the attendees at the conference already knew Byzantine notation. There were 2 or 3 classically trained chanters at the conference, about 7 chanters that could read notation pretty fluently, and 1 chanter that could probably read fluently with 5-10 hours of instruction. I would love to see more intermediate and advanced Byzantine notation instruction at future institutes.
August should be the least busy month that I have had in 2014 so I'm really hoping to make some progress on my materials in the next month or two. I'd also like to do some more writing because many people don't really understand why learning Byzantine notation is so beneficial.
SAHM by day; ByzB curriculum developer by night. My career was in teaching: kindergarten, first grade, bilingual reading, Suzuki piano, and Music Mind Games. Now I paint icons and spend lots of time making materials on the computer. My greatest joy is directing my students in their learning. This blog documents the process and provides a space for my other ramblings as well.