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Summer: Recharge, Restore, Reinvent and Spring into Life!
Date: May 31, 2010
Recharge: The first week of summer break is one long nap---I may not be sleeping, but my brain is in "nap mode". Of course, I may be sleeping.....
Restore: After the "nap" is over, I clean up from the year----empty files, delete unnecessary information, file papers and music, etc. I also begin projects that interested me during the year, but that I just didn't get to start during the hurry/flurry of a busy year.
Reinvent: I begin renewing my brain for a new year by attending conferences, looking for new music, hanging out with my dear family, chatting with friends and colleagues, relaxing with important people in my life, etc.
Spring into Life: My best defense is a good offense! I PLAN, PLAN, PLAN for the next year so nothing "sneaks up" on me! (Or so that the surprise attacks are isolated!) I plan my musical year in August. I mean that I really choose all my music in August! Sometimes the plan changes, but more often than not, I'm good to go! I create online music orders and save them so that when I'm ready to order music, I can press "send" or I can edit quickly. I have to make the best use of my time when I have the time. I put dates into my iPhone calendar---including audition dates, honor choir preparation rehearsals, etc.
NOTE: I posted my Literature Selection Graph in the Library on this site. As I find music that will meet and grow the musical, emotional, developmental and artistic of my choirs, I fill in the boxes with the song title/publisher info/etc. I can make sure that I've given my students the balanced musical diets they need from a balanced choral music program.
I know that my summer isn't 10 weeks of nothing, but because I do a little every day, my school year is MUCH more manageable.
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