August 6th - All my teaching is finished and all that is left are the finals, a thing every students dreads, I know. The past three weeks has gone pretty quickly and we have covered a large amount of material in a short time. It was like taking a summer course were you cram a whole semester of material into a three week session. The theory class was even tougher because we did not meet everyday for theory. The first two weeks we met three times and this week we met four. I had an extra day of class so we could do a review and go over what would be on the final exam.
The composition class and conducting class do not have written exams but instead their final projects they have been working on for the whole three weeks will be presented. I have been encouraging them along the way to be sure and work on the projects and in fact in composition I gave assignments that if they kept up with them they simple would have to put everything together and their final piece would be complete. There are some things that are universal no matter where you live in the world. I saw a group of 3-4 students working in the piano lab right after class and I know they were going to have to work most of the night to get everything done for both projects. The third year students were in all three classes I taught.
The theory students are taking the exam as I type. I am sure this will be the hardest exam for them (that is the same in the USA for music students as well.) They stuck it out and now they will not have to take another theory class. I think they should all go out and party this weekend. They won't have an exam to study for or projects to complete. They deserve a nice break before the next classes start up. Thanks to many of the students who worked hard throughout the three weeks I was here. There were a few that could have given a little more effort... I think they know who they are. Still, I can say I truly love these students and they are what have made the trip a great experience for me.
As I travel home tomorrow I will gather my thoughts and do a blogpost on the things God has shown me while I have been here in India. I have been keep a journal and taking some notes along the way. I will be sharing about my trip in church the Sunday after I get home (August 14th) at the morning worship service. If you are in the area and want to join us at Christ Community Church in Beatrice the service starts at 10:00 a.m. It will be good to be home to lead worship and my choir will be singing as well. I have many great memories I am sure will stay with me for many years to come and I am humbled and honored that God has allowed me the opportunity to get to know and work with so many amazing people around the world. And I can say that literally now!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.