Orchestration is part of the very soul of the work.Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Although I’ve been in education 52 years, I’ve never taught in elementary school nor have I tried to orchestrate an end-of-year music program for third graders. If I had, I would have been overwhelmed. Totally.
Orchestration requires planning — the right music, the right moves, the right leads.
But orchestration also demands patience, humor, understanding — and maybe just a little craziness.
The music teacher in charge must consider who should sing the solo parts, and who should take the leads for narrating the program. She also selects and practices with students the music sung by the large group, the hand motions (preferably done all together at the right moment), and the ups and downs of singing and acting with group mentality. Sometimes orchestration simply means getting everyone to pay attention to what song’s up next.
Perhaps performances like this aren’t headliners on the world scale, but to those in charge, those performing, and those watching with adoration, orchestration — even on a small scale — is nothing less than a stellar event in the course of a school year.
Sadly now, we are practicing social distancing by staying in our homes and closing our schools for the corona virus pandemic, As a result, we long for end-of-year orchestrations such as this.
And we also long for — and need — silly times, happy times, being-best-friends times.
For no matter how small they may be, these little orchestrated performances are the stellar events we wish we had right now.
This post is one of a series of one-word prompts for April 2020 called Discover Prompts by WordPress. Enjoy!