Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dear Middle School Strings Teacher.....

Dear Middle School Strings teacher:

I hate you.

I hate you for having a concert that includes kids from 4th grade all the way to 8th grade at the same time. No. It doesn't give me perspective as to how much my kid has progressed since they started. They still pretty much suck.....but it is more than okay. Simple....elementary kids together and middle schoolers together. Concert less than half as long.

I hate you for re-tuning everyone's instruments seemingly like before every GD song. Since they can't do it themselves you have to run around and do each one for them. It. takes. forever. It is like you are purposefully making it longer than it needs to me and regardless if they are perfectly tuned.........it is gonna still sound pretty bad.

I hate that you call it a concert but you think nothing of having the kids stop and start over if you don't think they are playing it to your liking. They need to learn there aren't always redos in life.

I hate you talking down to us as parents like we are musically illiterate with your seemingly sweet yet condescending tone. We are there. We obviously get it. We know music is important. You are preaching to. the. choir.
Unlike me, my father hated music. I feel so sorry for him now knowing what he had to sit through for 3 kids who all played instruments from 4th grade through high school. I'm learning how much of a saint he really was. Holy. Shit. He must have been in pure agony.

You are all the same and I hate you.

BTW, Just an observation. Seemingly half the kids in the orchestra are either Asian or Indian.......any clue that continue to kick the white kids collective asses in math and spelling bees????????????


Anonymous said...

JE-have you considered bringing some of your wine to sooth your nerves?(since it doesn't sound like the music is doing it!) I'm happy my kids only like soccer, swimming,science & art.
I was told in 5th grade to stop taking flute lessons-ZERO musical talent in these genes.

JOCOeveryman said...

I wanted to drink heavily before I went. I wished I would have. Good idea. Music is big in our family so it isn't going away anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and am looking at the archives, so forgive me for being way behind with this comment.
I haven't had the experience yet of the concerts since I only have a 3 year old. But two things came to mind reading your post... Del Griffith from P T A and also your comment about the Indians and the Asians. Especially the Indians. They have to be at least a 1/4 of the population in South OP. Blue Valley Rec, Sams Club, etc... Wow.