So my first day of classes went so well! I’m so excited for the rest of the week, but I feel like tomorrow’s going to be a lot more crazy. I only have two actual classes on Monday and Wednesday, one on Friday, and then THREE on Tuesday/Thursday. I have ensembles every day, but those barely count. I’m also going to have my bassoon lessons on Mondays and clarinet lessons on Wednesdays, so hopefully that arrangement will work out well!
Today, Woodwinds was the first class that I had. It’s going to be a lot of fun, mainly because I already know a lot of what I’m doing. I’m a clarinet major, a bassoon minor, and I made District Jazz on sax twice; the only things I’m going to have trouble with are flute and oboe. The rest, I might not even have to take the real tests, so we’ll see!
Then I went to my main job for like three hours. I think I’m going to be a little bummed this semester, since I’m only there Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I love being there every day, and it’s a lot easier to keep going and remember what I was doing when I was just there the day before. But there’s going to be at least one other student worker there this semester, so that’s like a gift from God! I hated having to do everything, because I usually felt like I was getting pulled in a thousand different directions, especially on the days that I had a bunch of homework to get done.
Instrumental Conducting was my next class for the day, and I think it’s going to be fun. It’s with one of my favorite professors in the whole department, and he’s an amazing conductor. I can’t wait to delve more into everything in that class, but we’re just getting started. We’ll see how much I still like it after a few weeks, since I get frustrated with my conducting a lot.
After that, I had my first clarinet lesson of the semester. Because of the craziness of the first week, we just had lessons scheduled whenever we could meet with her. Mine went pretty well, as we just ran through the audition music a few times. My hands felt okay, but my pinkies are really starting to hurt and straighten out once I’ve been playing for a while. I feel like that’s going to be an issue, but we’ll see.
Well, my bassoon audition for ensembles is tomorrow and clarinet is on Thursday, so I better get to practicing!