Thought I should re-read the new AS Syllabus this pm, just to check that I was doing the right thing and that the pupils have done everything they need to when I started to read scary words. ( I often type sacred music as scared music, a Freudian slap or is it just the way I sing it?)
'Candidates will complete ATB to a given melody line continuing from an extant incipit,' or words to that effect, under the heading Bach Chorale. Gulp. Other headings were Baroque 2-part Counterpoint, 16thC Polyphony etc, which didn't make me feel better, because we haven't done them. Then I realised that I was reading the A2 Techniques Paper bit, flipped back ten pages to read about the correct use of standard cadential formulae (tick), avoidance of consecutives (tick), Roman numerals, inversions... and everything else we've been doing. Phew. My HoD laughed when I told him.
Then I played the other Music Teacher scary game. Find the GCSE Coursework recording from the hard disc recorder, which numbers tracks randomly as far as I can see ( and hear.) Anyway, found the piece and renamed it. Best to do this in Feb. Leave it 'til April when you are filling out the forms and you can feel your heart racing.
Coursework marking causes hysterics and it's not listening to the recordings, ( well only occasionally and behind closed doors), it's the fact that you often record the same piece 3 or more times to get 'the one' and then have to remember which one is 'the one.' I love this time of year.
Time to crow bar my first rye bread loaf from the bread machine. This may be the first and last such loaf I make. Depends. Looks a bit bricky to me.