So, I am going on vacation on the 10th. AS WE ALL KNOW BY NOW. (Sorry, I never go on vacations, I am excite). That means I leave work one week early though (which I can, due to saved up vacation days).

Now, the thing is, I have to give my music class a summer assignment. And I have to give it to them early. I went with giving them the option between two tasks.

Song: 21 Guns from the musical American Idiot (not the original Green Day version, the cast + orchestra version).

Task 1: Analyze and interpret lyrics and sheet music. Sheet music will be provided. Compose an essay including character/mood, mode (major/minor), melodics, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, emphases and the whole shebang. Basically - really dry and annoying analysis.

Task 2: Perform the song under one of the follow conditions -

a) Sing the song alone with a proper backing track (provided).

b) Perform the song alone on an instrument of your choice (sheet music provided).

c) Sing the song in a group with a proper backing track (provided).

d) Perform the song in a group on an instrument of your choice (sheet music provided, can also be mixed with vocals).

So basically, I am expecting a lot of the kids to go for Task 2 but I am aware that people might not be comfortable with performing in front of the whole class.
But whoever has the guts and/or talent will be rewarded.

Whoever decides to go through the struggle of a giant-ass analysis will also be rewarded. I don’t expect any bad submissions or performances! I will be excited to see what the kids come up with.

Either way, I think I was pretty fair with picking their summer assignment.
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And there is one more surprise, we will be officially singing 21 Guns in the cast version with the school choir after summer break! DO U KNO HOW XCITE I AM?
I have been obsessed with the song and I just casually let it slip during music teach meet-up and COINCIDENTALLY, I had the sheet music with me, and everyone really liked it!

We get to cast two girl soloists and one guy and it will be so sweet. I really want to give the smaller choir members a chance to audition too, so we don't pick the usual 11th and 12th graders.

Aaah, sometimes I really freaking love my job. Now I am off to SING 21 GUNS REALLY LOUDLY TO MY NEIGHBOURS. <3