15 Year Anniversary
Fifteen years ago I brought together a group of children and parents, and we sang. I had never put myself in such a scary position in my life. I was prepared to dash home and cry if it went badly.
In my loft I still have the first song sheet notes. Should I fetch them down?
I worked in a playgroup and had observed that every child, whatever their other preferences, loved song time. I had an idea to form a separate group for music.
I bought books about teaching music to under fives, and was really lucky to attend a session organised by the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS)
The day came, I opened the door, families poured in. We sang, we banged tambourines and shook maracas. It was amazing.
Two months later, rather than finishing as I had expected, I made plans to restart after the summer.
It has been like this for fifteen years. Every June I ask myself, Will anyone come back after the holidays? You always do. It amazes me.
April 2020 was to be a month of celebrating our group’s 15th birthday. Instead it has been a month of sadness and worry because of COVID19. Celebrating has been far from my mind.
Whether Music Time ever starts up again is impossible to guess. Maybe it consisted of a beautifully formed, fifteen year project. Maybe we’ll take up where we left off.
If you have ever been part of the group, I would so love to hear from you in the comments.
If you’re as happy as you can be in current circumstances…
CLAP YOUR HANDS!