Doug Goodkin came to YIS to run a workshop for music teachers in the region. While he was here he held a music workshop for our Grade 7 students. It was an exciting afternoon and the students loved participating in the workshop.
Below is a blog post from Annamaria Unflat in Grade 7.
About a week ago, on October 6th, we were pulled out of class for part of the day because a guest that was a close friend to one of my music teachers Ms. Bridgewater visited YIS. This special guest flew in from Chicago, USA, to come and work with us. The whole 7th grade went to the auditorium to meet him.
The special guest introduced himself, told where he was from, how long has he been studying/teaching music and what he loves about music. He had us make a big circle and created a beat for us to follow. At first I was a bit confused about what to do but then I caught on. We were doing body percussion he was talking about how it was easy since we did a basic beat with our bodies so he said he would try to make it harder. He added more and more ways to add to the beat. He stopped us for a bit and told parts or the circle what to play and had us walk around the room assigned with the beats he told us to do. He also made us move side to side and the purpose of it was not to bump into anyone.
Later on he sat us down and was talking about different sounds that our voices can make and sang us a song and told us to sing with him. Then he told us to pair up with the person right next to us and said to do the same beat but we had we to make a sound while doing body percussion. Later on in the session he picked about 9 people to play an instrument. I was one of them, to be honest I was so happy . He made each person play a beat and have the other person follow. I was excited to hear how it would sound at the end and to be honest again it sounded pretty good.
It was soon time to go I was anxious to tell him that I knew one of his vocal exercises I think he made it. So I went up to him and sang to him he said he was impressed that I could sing so well and so all the 7th graders sang with us.