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Accepting my fate… #atozchallenge

I don’t sing. No, scratch that, I do, all the time and very well but only in my head. There, I can go from the talents of Sia to Nightwish and Adele without a worry. Outside of that crazy wonder that is my mind? Not so much.Β 

I have good enough ears to know talent when I hear it and I’m honest enough with myself to know I don’t possess any. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve a decent voice, perfect for choirs but never for solos.

So believe me when I say this: accepting the fact that I do actually have to sing in front of people if I really want to bring music into my English classes, was not easy digest. It’s more a silent resignation than an enthusiastic happy dance.

But I’ve done it. I’m happy to report that it was a success. Well, apart from forgetting a line (I can never remember – you know the song “If you’re happy and you know it”? It’s that third line that I always confuse 😁) However, the kids enjoyed it, tried to sing along, definitely played along and we all laughed a lot. Even the miserable one that never cracks a smile enjoyed it.

Mission 1: accomplished. Comfort zone: pushed. Learning: done.

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In April I set myself a challenge to use more music when teaching English. I passionately believe in the power of music to make everything better and I want to motivate my students to feel more relaxed, and at the same time more inspired about learning English. I’m sure it’ll be a journey with ups and downs! πŸ˜‰

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Have you ever had to sing in front of other people? Did you enjoy the experience? πŸ˜‰Β 

Today’s featured blogger: the founding father of the A to Z challenge, Arlee Bird. CheckΒ what he’s up to.

Please visit one of my other blogs, The Script Bible where I share beautiful picture quotes from The Script songs.Β 

Thank you for visiting!

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My soul breathes music and exhales words. Be careful, you might end up in one of my creations one day. And you might even like it.

26 thoughts on “Accepting my fate… #atozchallenge

  1. Kudos to you for challenging yourself! When I became a children’s librarian, I was terrified of singing in front of a group, but I had to do it as part of performing story times. I still have bouts of nervousness about it every now and then, but for the most part, now I really enjoy it, and I’m glad I pushed myself to overcome my fear. Looking forward to reading more of your posts this month. Good luck with the challenge!

    Katie | @mrskatiefitz
    storytimesecrets.blogspot.com

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  2. A good thing for the other people is that I (since school) never had to do it again. Well, the toddler of a friend tried to make me sing a good night song once, when I was babysitting, but as I didn’t want to scare the poor kid and so I convinced him to read a story instead!
    I really can’t sing and miss the right notes quite regularly, so I avoid it. Lucky for all is that I hear myself that I miss the notes, so I can’t end up in one of the casting shows as one of the worst singer of the week… πŸ˜‰

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  3. I’m not a singer either, even though my university studies covered music (the teacher made me pass, buuut… πŸ˜‰ ). But I still brought myself to sing when I worked in childcare, and the children seemed to be entertained. When I taught older students, I brought different recordings instead.

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  4. Hi. Just popping around on the challenge. I had a solo role in a musical at school. That was great fun and I really enjoy singing. My 10 year old daughter sings in the school choir and has had some fabulous opportunities with that. She also auditioned for the Sydney Sound of Music, despite having vocal nodules.
    I relate to your idea of singing in your head because I dance in my head and thanks to watching the girls at my daughter’s dance school, I’m very, very good. In real life, I can even struggle to work. Love that head space!
    xx Rowena

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  5. My husband and I are both singers, so we do a lot of singing in front of people (me less so now). I used to teach Latin to high school students, and they got a kick out of me singing them Christmas tunes. I also made them all learn the Mickey Mouse Club song so they could learn the verb endings. Music in the class room is awesome!

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      1. I felt a bit ridiculous singing “Tinc Tinc Tonc” for “Jingle Bells” … but you do whatever it takes to keep kids interested!

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