Teaching Out West

I have just had an amazing last week teaching at a school out in western NSW. I blog about it a lot. I love going out here. And I’m writing this as I sit on my first night home, pretty tired and worn-out – but on a huge high. I taught for three days, and then was lucky enough to see their talent night – lots of class groups, solo performers, gymnasts, poets, you name it – performing to raise money.

I’m pretty brain-dead, but wanted to write something tonight as I’m packing up all my lesson plans and getting ready for the new week ahead. And when I’m tired, I tend to like lists – so here’s one after my last week.

  1. The kids at this school are beautiful. And they love music.
  2. The teachers are an incredible bunch of people. They are some of my favourite people to see and work with. Thank you for all your love and support – and your excellent drumming.
  3. I like sitting around fire-pits enormously. It’s a great way to spend an evening.
  4. I laugh a lot at this school.
  5. Teaching music is a tremendous privilege. I love music so much – and I love that these kids have such a positive start on their musical journey.
  6. I feel very loved at this school.
  7. One of my favourite moments was telling a parent how much I loved teaching her son, and how beautiful he is in drumming classes, and watching the range of emotions on her face. It wasn’t what she was expecting to hear, I don’t think. And it was excellent to say it to her. He deserved his praise.
  8. Being out in ‘big sky country is good for my soul.

I have used the word ‘love’ too much in this post. Sorry about that. I’m tired.