September 26th, 2007

Medical emergency

Apparently, a student at the school was confirmed to have measles. Due to this, all students who were in contact with the afflicted student (essentially, all high school students) are banned from attending school for several days in an attempt to prevent further contagion. There will be no classes starting Friday, continuing until next week Tuesday if necessary.

Too bad they don't generally vaccinate for measles here.

I had my second music history lesson today, in which I covered the Gold Rush and the construction of the railroad. I used songs such as "Oh, Susanna," "I'll Be Working on the Railroad," and "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" and showed pictures of a banjo and a covered wagon, both of which really caught their interest. I finished by introducing Ragtime music with "The Entertainer."

I won't have another class for three weeks, due to the school festival. My plan is to do examples of jazz, country, and western styles of music in the next class.