Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Budding Oasis

I have to say I am happy as a clam about my new church band. As I've mentioned before, it's a band of beginners. I feel blessed to be training them from beginners to play music for the glory of the Lord. It's humbling and exciting at the same time. The band doesn't really have a name other than "The Oasis Worship Band", which hopefully doesn't sound too much like we're worshiping oases. Yes, that's the correct spelling in case you didn't know. I didn't...

When you're actually in the middle of leading a group, you spend much of your attention on trying to direct the group. You must also balance that with listening to the dialog in the group so that you know how to teach them. Today I tried out my new video camera at band practice. This evening I thought it would be fun to check out our practice. It was an eye-opening experience. I must say I was fairly pleased. I recognized some of my strengths as a teacher and musician. I learned a bit about how I am perceived. I also recognized some of my weaknesses I can improve upon as well.

So what does all of this boil down to? Well, my mom taught me as a kid that you learn as much or more than the class when you are the teacher. Yet again I find her to be correct. I've learned some things about not only my students, but myself as well, which will help me in turn to better teach them. I believe I will begin to record all of our practices as a teaching aid.

For a real interesting look at yourself, stick a video camera in the corner of the room one day and record yourself, forgetting about the camera. It may really give you a clue about how others perceive you.

Next up: Multi-track audio recording with video...

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