Been such a blessing to have the opportunity to teach music to children. In the last few months, I have been teaching a weekly music class to children ranging from 3-7 years old. It’s amazing and fulfilling experience to witness such malleable, high energy (though restless) and curious minds at play. As a music teacher, I coordinate a weekly agenda oriented around both music and early childhood education. A typical class agenda would entail using instruments such as microphones, drums, portable piano, xylophone, hand bells, tambourines, etc. It brings me joy to see students be excited to recognize/ use the instruments and apply themselves in music by memorizing lyrics by heart and singing Do-Re-Mi. I also incorporate other activities such as story time, something in my box, freeze dance, Oompa Loompa basketball challenge, and more. Such activities are designed to activate their listening skills while also letting their wiggles out through physical activities as well.
Depending on the theme of the course, I also make sure to stay spontaneous in my classes by switching up and rotating activities so that the children stay engaged and aren’t bored by the same agenda. The best part of being a teacher is getting to know each child as every child is different. It’s not only about teaching them, but also learning from them I find is the most valuable asset of being a teacher. Every class I learn on the job and find their company, entertainment, and learning development the most rewarding of all. Again, so blessed to have been given the opportunity to make music more relevant and hopefully an outlet for kids who need it and may event carry it the rest of their lives. Pictures very very soon!
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Discovered this song when it played at work the other day. The best part of being an aspiring artist is researching & discovering great songs such as this. I stumble across other similar yet-to-be discovered songs thanks to Spotify and get to play them in the restaurant at work while customers listen as they enjoy both their food and the music. Plan for my future music to incorporate the elements of jazz, soul, and blues. Nothing else truly hits home for me like it does. This one definitely makes it on my playlist, and hopefully in my demo list — which I plan to announce soon.
♫ So shouldn’t I realize You’re the highest of the high If you don’t know, then I’ll say it So don’t ever wonder (don’t ever wonder) ♫
Song Title/ Artist: "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" by Maxwell
Album Title: Urban Hang Suite
Release Date: 1996
Record Label: Columbia Records
Been following the Netflix Series Rhythm & Flow, which I had touched upon my other post. It’s incredible how much hidden talent there are waiting to be discovered. One of the many is the one and only D Smoke, representing West Coast Inglewood, California and was crowed the winner of Rhythm & Flow. This means he sealed a whopping $100,000 and secured a spot on Spotify’s Rap Caviar. After researching his background (of course), D. Smoke’s real name is Daniel Farris. He is a graduate of UCLA and a teacher at his alumni high school Inglewood High. His EP Inglewood High discusses his personal experience as a teacher and his experience living in an area destitute such as Inglewood. It’s amazing to hear him express himself through his artistry to see what he truly is about as an artist. I root for him because to me, he is a true artist. He is original, raw, and real — elements I hope to emulate in my own art as an aspiring vocalist. Not only was he well prepared but well intentioned in his approaching of stealing the show. He raps, plays piano, is bi-lingual, and most importantly ‘woke’ and educated apparent in the way he crafts and delivers his material. He is about something, serving music with substance and weight. Check out his EP available on Spotify and all platforms. Check out his finale on Rhythm & Flow that got him first place. Promise he won’t disappointment.
Been exploring a number of genres lately to broaden my musical palette, including Gospel– which I think may be essential for any aspiring vocalist.. Anyhow, thought I share some gems with you that I discovered on the great wonder called Youtube. True music for me reaches the soul and you can most definitely feel that with this music. Some gospel artists I’ve recently discovered and have been inspired by are Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Clark Sisters, Donnie McClurkin, etc. Been reevaluating and rekindling my relationship with God as of lately, and have found him through the greatness of gospel music. Videos below for inspiration.
Wrote some poetry a while back that I thought I’d leave here for ya’ll. ♥
the sun shines bright, rays bound of my skin always find myself lookin’ out, when I gotta look within maybe the ocean is the reason I keep calling your name a love this deep shouldn’t cause this much pain
I know this feeling, it’s all too familiar if tears were money, you’d bet I was a millionaire before you think you can save a damsel in distress think again, to you I’m no less
this is an ode, to all the wrongs I wanted to right thanks to you, you helped me to find a light that had been burnin in the depths of my soul I promise you this is the beginning, no lies told
I have been following NAO for a while, and I absolutely love the vibe/aesthetic of her music. I am rooting for her all the way. Check her out her newest album Saturn (2018) if you haven’t. Read more about her here. New music from her album below.
Neo Jessica Joshua (born in December 1987), better known as Nao (/ˈneɪ.oʊ/), is an English singer-songwriter and record producer from East London Her sound has been described as soul combined with electronic music, funk and R&B. Nao coined the term “wonky funk” to describe her style. She released her debut album, For All We Know, in 2016, and her second album, Saturn, in 2018. (Nao singer, n.d, para. 1)