Twice a year Music Together runs teacher workshops in Tokyo. There is a 3 day workshop where people are learning to become Music Together teachers for the first time. As part of that we invite families to come and take part in free demo classes, to help illustrate to the trainees what a class is like. Again, many families from my center took part this week and I’m so pleased they enjoyed the experience.
Then on the 4th day, there is a Skills and Songs Workshop for existing teachers, and this is part of our ongoing training and development. Today’s topic was about advocating for early childhood music education in our centers and wider communities.
If you are not quite sure what Music Together is all about, watch this short video (with japanese subtitles) to see the impact and passion classes can have on the families that attend.
This week, during a meeting of the Hudson Antiques Tea Club, I was treated to a private performance by one of my guests. She brought with her a SHO, a traditional Japanese mouth organ, which was originally used in Japanese court music.
It was a really interesting sound, with quite a high pitch. Have you ever heard this instrument?
I am always very excited to find out about new instruments.
I wonder if it is difficult to play . . . . ?
This is not the lady I met, but here is a link to someone demonstrating the Sho that I found on youtube.
OCHIAI PARK PEACE FESTIVAL Sunday 31st August 2014
Ochiai Music Together will have a stall at the Peace Festival in Ochiai Park and for the first time this year I will also be leading a workshop for families – a short 15min demo of Music Together. Please come along and enjoy the local festival.
Jet lagged toddlers. Bad news for parents. Good news for me. Was so happy to see Riku and Nana in class today. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, up at the crack of dawn I think. They just flew back yesterday from overseas. Great class with lots of mums, dads, grandma, and good friends. We did a great celtic themed dance and do si do’ed and swang our partners around the room. Yee-Ha. Thank you for my lovely gifts
Am very grateful that all 12 students came to class today. I was highly skeptical due to all the rain! You have proved me wrong 🙂 Sorry to see some families for the last time, thank you for a great winter semester. And pleased to meet so many new families today. I hope you will join the Spring Semester. Received some lovely chocolates and cute dungarees for Rose from a family today, thank you :). Remember, there are two more classes this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Higashi-Nakano. Drumroll ….. On Sunday my husband Tsuyoshi will be coming along too and will accompany me on his guitar! Exciting.