It's totally one o'clock in the morning right now, and I am wide awake, insomniac that I am...so I figured I'd blog. But only since I can't scrapbook since my scraproom is really Sophia's room and I wouldn't want to wake her up.
We just got back from St. George where we saw "Aida" at Tuacahn High School. Not the opera, but the Disney musical that features Elton John's music. Most of my voice students down there were in it, so I really wanted to go see them.
One student, in particular, had a lead-ish role. I guess a "supporting actor" type role is what we'd call it. When I first started teaching him in January I thought I had an impossible task ahead of me. He had a terrible ear, one. I would play a note for him to sing and he would sing it an octave higher/lower on a good day, or just some random note that was not the right note on a not-so-good day. On top of that, he had no idea how to access his head voice or falsetto. He would push his chest up as far as it could go and then it would just end. He did have a nice tone in his lower range, but that was about it.
Well, what I didn't know was that this kid is an incredibly hard worker. He listens to what I have to say. He applies what I teach him. And that is why he got the role he got. His ear has improved leaps and bounds. I'd even venture to say that he was the only one in the whole show that didn't have an out of tune moment tonight, but just to be sure, I'll have to ask Joel in the morning (oh wait, it is morning, guess I'll ask him when he wakes up).
But more importantly, he has learned how to use the upper part of his voice. It has been so exciting to see him "get it." He is my last lesson of the day and I always call Joel on my way home and just gush about how wonderfully this student is doing, because I am so dang thrilled with what I hear each week. He was singing high As and Bs tonight, folks. Beautifully. No cracks. Projected well. Amazing.
He clearly stole the show. It was apparent during the curtain call. Seriously thunderous applause for my little student. I was like a proud parent, knowing how far he's come in the last few months.
While I give him a ton of credit for being teachable and having a fabulous work ethic, it makes me smile to know that I helped him along the way. It boosts my confidence as a teacher when I see my students make such huge leaps and bounds of progress. To know that I really do know what I'm talking about when I so often feel like I am just making it all up as I go along. To see (and hear) that I am actually making a difference.
So... yay me. :)