I survived my first conducting test. Did I mention I'm taking a conducting class? I honestly can't remember. Well...I'm taking a conducting class. It's one of the things I need to have experience in before attempting student teaching again. I have to admit, I was REALLY nervous the first day. Going back to school on a new, very large and overwhelming campus, by myself. It was nerve wracking. But you know what? I survived. And I'm loving it.
I have a great professor and a really supportive class. And you know what? I'm learning. I'm getting the experience that I really need. I'm gaining back confidence on the podium...confidence I'd lost back in January...confidence I didn't think I'd ever regain. But I am. I really am.
We had our first test today. It was videotaped (I'm watching the tape tomorrow). We got to choose an exercise, then our professor got to select one. I did alright. I know I did some things wrong, things I've been working on and doing fairly well with. But overall? I'm not concerned. Going by his grading criteria, I think I got either a C or a B, both of which are good grades in this class.
The best part is that I'm free to not be concerned. I'm not worried about my GPA, I don't have to worry about graduating...already did that. I've already got my BA in music. (which, wow....significance of that hit me about 2 weeks ago...it's kind of a big deal!) I'm just there to learn and get better. So I'm just having fun. It's a fun little break twice a week in the middle of work...an extended lunch. And I love it. We get our test results Thursday, I'm eager to get feedback from my professor so I know where to focus my practicing.