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kristyjo
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Registered: 12/04/05
Posts: 805
Location: Marshfield, WI United States
 
Keeping the beat
Thursday, November 29 2007 @ 11:41 PM CST

A story that happened to me this week. I just have to share it:
I'm doing African drumming with my 5th graders. One of the boys just can't keep the beat, even when I try playing the drum right in front of him, tap it on his shoulders, give him pick up notes, everything. No matter what the class plays, no matter how strong the groove, he's playing something different. He's always had this problem with singing, too. He's always faster or slower than everyone.

Finally, I tell the class that when we're playing drums together, we are like one big enormous brain, with 28 times the power, rather than 28 separate little puny brains. This boy gets a look of wonder on his face, and says, "You mean, we're all supposed to be playing the SAME beat??" I've been his music teacher for 6 years, and he's never understood that when we make music together, we're supposed to be sharing the same beat!

Well, he came back to class today, and was watching everyone like a hawk, trying to synchronise his playing with everyone else. He had this big smile on his face at the end of class, and told me he never 'got' what was so great about music before.

Imagine - suddenly, he understands what's so great about music!
8piscean8
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Registered: 08/21/05
Posts: 564
Location: Miamisburg, OH USA
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 01:15 AM CST

It took him awhile to "get it" but better late than never. I guess he was just marching to the beat of his own drummer!

I like your analogy of the brains, very clever!

Please check out my really old song The End to wash away your fears today!
futzpucker
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Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 650
Location: Menlo Park, CA USA
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 04:24 AM CST

That is a great story, Kristine. How satisfying for you to see him finally grasp the idea, and then have his enjoyment of making music come to life right in front of you. That was a privilege.

You have to call that a gift to you both, don't you?

Thanks for posting this. I very much enjoyed reading it.

-Patrick

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ValleyPastor
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Registered: 03/28/06
Posts: 334
Location: Edinburg, TX USA
 
Re: Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 01:44 PM CST

There is no greater gift to those of us who teach (music or any other subject) than watching the light go on. It's an adrenaline rush, almost like a drug with side effects that are good.

We live for the joy of seeing it and being a part. How wonderful!
Feter
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Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 4462
Location: , Nowhere !
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 02:10 PM CST

I faced that alot , the inner beat rethym and the rethym
the pupil should play with . keeping the beat is a terrible
problem for too many (unconcentrated kids) those who think
fast and analyse fast .so they curropt their focusing fast !
and I feel this need alot from the kid to procede and process
to reach the feel and understanding of what it should sound with!!
the feel of the music and to keep the beat "in time ".
I like how you were so patient this is awesoem to see !

«Blues is easy to play, but not to feel » (Jimi Hendrix)
ziti
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Registered: 05/17/05
Posts: 1588
Location: Littleton, MA USA
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 03:52 PM CST

awesome story
chakeres
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Registered: 08/24/04
Posts: 243
Location: Columbus, Ohio USA
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Friday, November 30 2007 @ 04:27 PM CST

Quote by: ValleyPastor
There is no greater gift to those of us who teach (music or any other subject) than watching the light go on. It's an adrenaline rush, almost like a drug with side effects that are good.

We live for the joy of seeing it and being a part. How wonderful!



I'll second that.

JAC

"It's All Been Done for a Reason"
Muse Ritual
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Registered: 10/30/07
Posts: 38
Location: N/A
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 08:02 AM CST

Made me squirt out a few tears Smile .
Sounds like you may have helped to make a new musician. I believe that often, when we feel the click of finally "getting" something in such a marvelous and deep way it really becomes a part of us. I always hope that the imprint of "figuring it out" is enough to keep drawing them back.

Needed a sweet story like thatSmile
 
pablatone
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Registered: 07/29/07
Posts: 542
Location: SLO, California portugal
 
Re:Keeping the beat
Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 11:31 AM CST

what a great story!

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