other people’s handiwork

I had a fabulous opportunity/experience yesterday. This time last year, I was nominated and voted to conduct this year’s 6th Grade All State Band. This is basically an honors group that students from all over Arizona are eligible to participate in, done by directors’ nominations — there is no audition process. They get the music in late January/early February and practice on their own (well, with their school director’s help). We get together for one day and practice, then give a concert that evening. It’s a long day, but it’s a great experience for the kids. It’s also a chance to network and to see other people work with kids (the rehearsals are all open).

Conducting one of these groups (there’s one each for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade) was on my bucket list, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity. The kids showed up fairly well-prepared.  We had great rehearsals, the sectionals seemed like they were useful for most of the instruments, and the concert came off really nicely. I had a good time with them. Based on feedback, the kids had a good time. Teachers and parents all enjoyed the performance. Couldn’t have asked for it to be better, really.

With that, just a few links to share with you today:

How to Spread Positivity in Your World Today from The Positivity Blog: Simple things you can do to make those around you more positive by doing it yourself!

The Simplest Cure for Insomnia from ZenHabits: Actually, he gives two suggestions here.

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