We went to the middle school chorus’ final concert of the year last night. Pepperkat is in the “Concert Chorus” (in the middle between “Beginning Chorus” and “Ensemble”). It has amazed me ever since the kids were in elementary school what a fantastic music program we have between our elementary, middle and high schools. Their elementary school music teacher was a part of a presidential commission on music and the arts and traveled to China to compare notes on teaching methods. Some of the harmonies and musical selections we heard last night were things my high school chorus never did.
That’s why it annoys the hell out of me to go to one of these concerts.
I can’t help but feel sorry for these kids who have worked their hearts out only to be greeted by a rude audience filled with screaming babies, yakking parents, ringing cell phones and rude cat calls. When the music teacher needs to lecture the supposedly adult audience on proper behavior, something is severely wrong (although I wish that instead of “Please, be respectful,” she had said: “Stop embarrassing your kid by acting like a fucking moron!”).
Is it this way at your kids’ schools? Or are we “unique”?