When having a Skype meeting with Randy Wong, he thanked us for staying with the internship for the whole year and told us how much he appreciated it. In my head I was thinking, “Why leave? Is that even an option?” Even if it was one, I wouldn’t have. I saw no reason to. There were good kids and I personally felt it was a yearlong commitment, considering that MusicLaunch is a year long. We had an internship, a bunch of kids to teach, and experiences to encounter. Why not?
This year was a great year. Many of my visual teaching examples that I’ve learned and that my brain did a “who’s line is it anyway?” on were made right at the Wang YMCA. Nothing was a one fix solution, correction had to continuously be made. Students were late, students weren’t practicing. Parental involvement wasn’t as high etc. Sure there may have been frustrating times, but it’s useless to get frustrated and all worked up. Getting upset at yourself is normal, but at the same time it only makes it worse and you’re spending more energy making the problem worse than is rather than solving it. We can count the things that are going “wrong” till the cows come home, but sometimes we just got to learn to count our blessings.
I’m really glad for all the experiences I’ve had with this internship. Essentially the YMCA was my lab and the kids there were my guinea pigs for many of my pedagogical tricks and ideas that I’ve developed over the past year. Going to college means you tend to see people from a certain age demographic and so it’s very refreshing realizing that there are people of different ages in existence. The best part is interacting with them and connecting to them. On my part it’s nice to see some Asian-American kids as it gives me a “big brother” feeling/responsibility which is fun and great. Maybe it’s just me? I’m glad to spread guitar to the greater community! Spreading music is always a good thing!