As 2016 turned open like the first page of a new book, we all knew we were in for a wild ride. Like all good books, we want to be escorted slowly into the story’s adventure and yet we can’t wait for the plot to take off in a world wind of excitement. Well, by now, March is a wild ride of deadlines, regular lessons, future planning and conclusions. March 5 & 6 is our Competitive Historical Era Festival with as many as 118 students and 24 teachers involved. We must use multiple locations throughout the city and bring in judges from around the state to accommodate this event. The beauty of this weekend is not just the achievement of our students, but the ownership and volunteer labor of the PPMTA members.
March 15 is the deadline for both the PPMTA Summer Music Camp Scholarship (details in the February 18th Blog post) – and many summer music festivals. When it comes to understanding the work, passion and discipline of a professional musician, there is nothing like summer music camp for training a students’ mind and their skills. Midway through high school is an excellent time to apply and experience a summer away – even if for a few weeks. There are plenty of options throughout Colorado!
April 16 is Achievement Day! Like a mini test or camp, Achievement Day puts a marker in each students’ musical level. This is also college decision month. May is the end of the school year and family visits. June is the State Convention and July-August is a sparse teaching schedule, fall planning and a vacation if you can get it in. Come late August, the world begins to spin even faster.
As teachers, we live one foot in the “here,” trying to keep our students present as they hone their musical skills, breathe and enjoy what it means to be a kid. We are a life line to creating memories and long held beliefs. We also live with the other foot in the “there” as we try to stay ahead of these deadlines and expectations. PPMTA is here to help cheer you on, support you and catch you when you need to recover. Nothing more…nothing less…a fellowship to be and create our best.