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  •  I haven't taught at the college level since (11+ / 0-)

    my brief stint as a TA in grad school, and after that I taught Middle School for a while. I decided my talents and proclivities were better used elsewhere. However, as a sacred musician, my life is full of prep, all the time, and it's not just practicing. It's a lot of planning, based on a three-year Lectionary of biblical texts, to which hymns, and anthems, and motets, and even instrumental music is expected to conform; maybe not exactly conform, but to reflect. Then, I have to teach and lovingly direct my choir (and my congregation) in singing these things which reflect the readings at each service. I spent my summer sailing and doing yard work at The Rock, and all of that good stuff, but I also spent it planning every lick of music for about six months ahead. It's not that different from teaching and curriculum planning. In fact, the only thing that's different is that my choir doesn't get a formal grade from me.

    I've been a little sparse on DK lately, too, because I'm "back to school" with the choir season starting in earnest and having to be in the office more and lots and lots of score study and practice in preparation for my next "lesson". And it IS teaching. Any of us who do anything remotely related to this kind of work know what both of us mean.

    Add to that the fact that I was just appointed an officer of my Lodge and we have an inspection and a degree coming up (that was the rehearsal I was at tonight, not a musical, but rather Masonic one) I am busy enough for three people. I love it.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 07:13:31 PM PDT

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