Saturday, March 12, 2011

Moments with Joey – Music Time on Friday

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SCENE 1, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON, CLASSROOM. The teacher is sitting on the old, wooden chair in front of his class with his father’s guitar in hand. The students are seated on the floor gripping the weathered songbooks as they sing together on a Friday afternoon. After a few songs to warm up, the teacher allows the table captains to each pick a song. The class sings “Bad Moon Rising,” “The Cat Came Back,” and group of boys start to belt out an a-capella version of “Going to the Zoo” finally dissolving into a fit of laughter and giggles. As the teacher calls on one of the table captains, the boy gives an enthusiastic grin as he shuts his songbook and sits up proudly.

JOEY: I’d like to sing “Baby, Baby” please, Mr. Z.

TEACHER: Baby, Baby?

JOEY: Yeah…you know, by Justin Bieber.

TEACHER: I don’t think that you’d all know the words to that song, or that I’d know all the chords either; I think I could only play part of the song…

JOEY: Oh, trust me, Mr. Z. I know all the words!

[A ripple of excitement spreads through the class and the teacher quietly slips an mp3 recorder from his pocket and hits the ‘record’ button].



[Fade to black].

37 comments:

Connie said...

How fun! Mr. Z, you're quite the guitar player, and to know the Justin Beiber song...well, let's just say, I'm impressed!

Richard & Natalie said...

If there was ever a case for homeschooling, I think I've found it!
I have to admit, they were pretty good. No wonder they all love you.

Richard said, "Isn't that some form of child abuse?" ;)

Rachel said...

That. Was. Awesome! And, kuddos to you because quite frankly, for the most part, they were on pretty dang good pitch. Obvious that singing isn't new to them. They did a great job! :D

Gerb said...

"I don't know that I'd know all the chords..." Riiiiiiight. Like you didn't sit in your front room practicing that one until you had it down. Puh-leeeze!

Linn said...

That was awesomeness like I can hardly handle!

You ar the coolest teacher ever.

MBGITWWR said...

I love it! What a fun time! Good work, Teachinfourth! :)

Cheeseboy said...

LOL! I don't know if that is the coolest & funniest thing I have ever heard or the saddest. Still deciding.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

OMG, they are GOOD!!.

Laura Anne said...

The sentiment of oh em gee seems appropriate here. So so funny! They definitely knew the words, and it sounds like someone definitely knew the chords too... I'm just sayin'!

M-Cat said...

LOVE it! Well done

Marnie said...

You are a cool teacher!

Lydia said...

That was magical. Watch out PS22 Chorus.

Mamma has spoken said...

Oh baby,baby, oh baby, baby, oh! just shoot me. Can't believe you did this for them, but then you wouldn't be Mr.Z if you didn't.

SHELLS BELLS! said...

I LOVE this so much! I *may* have shared this with a few friends.

Pedaling said...

Every good elementary teacher should know a good Bieber tune.
That was awesome!

tammy said...

That was awesome. The end cracked me up.

I'm surprised the boys didn't protest. We can't have any of the Bieber around our house.

dbs said...

Way to add some, uh, Canadian content to your curriculum.

wendy said...

that is so funny.
My grand daughters know that song off by heart...and they are 3 and 6....
LOVE IT

( I could even sing a few bars)

Farscaper said...

That was awesome and funny. I asked my kids if they sang along. My daughter just giggled and started singing with me (I only know the chorus)... My son rolled his eyes and made up his own version of the song. (not bad actually). If you haven't heard his version you should get him to sing it for you.

mintifresh said...

That was awesome on the fly and everything! Impressive....or scary...

Mindy said...

So much fun! If you're going to have to listed to Bieber - might as well do it in style...(and unision... sort of) LOL!

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

Clearly the school year needs to end with a video slide show of your pics with this as the background music. It's wonderful!

Sand Castles and Snow Forts said...

Fabulous fun for the kids! They'll take that with them forever.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

It is official. I am coming to teach with you.

Jenny said...

The fifth graders would love it if you could come play and record them. sounds awesome!

FabuLeslie said...

Priceless. That makes me want to learn the guitar. Although, that may not happen at all, and definitely won't happen until after I've run a marathon. Or at least a few half marathons. Still, a girl can dream!

Karen Peterson said...

So cute. Even if it is a Bieber song.

And that's some classy guitar playing!

T said...

hahaha...

but I still think I prefer The Cat Came Back (seriously I remember that one from my own elementary days - my poor kids were forced to learn it... they'll forgive me as long as I don't sing "Senor Don Gato was a cat" anymore)

Dallas and Kirsten said...

I have to admit I teared up a bit when I listened to this...in a good way, not in a "Wow those kids can't sing!" way. It's moments like that that make me miss teaching full time and makes me miss you!

Kelly said...

I am amazed at your impromptu performance!

The Bieber better watch out.

Bee said...

That made me smile a lot, and it almost made me miss being in the classroom (almost). Maternity leave is pretty awesome!

criticalcrass said...

I LOVE THIS! and i so needed this today. this brought such a smile to my face. thanks.

i'm giving away ten books on my blog (they're pretty girly, mr. z ... maybe not your thing, but hey, you might know somebody or something ... and this is more for your readers, anyway). get to the bottom of this post: http://bit.ly/dUNq2l

mama-face said...

BEST EVER.

Sarah said...

Everyone already said it, but here it goes again, because it just wouldn't be right to read that and listen to it and NOT comment.
Awesome-ness,
funn-ness,
and a smile.
THANKS!

WV is "eldledle"
Sure, YOU try typing it right.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love, so very much, that your class has such a great experience with you every week. That is all sorts of wonderful.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

This post had my little guys singing all weekend! Love your creativity in the classroom.

Amanda said...

I like this version WAY more than any one where Beiber sings!

And isn't it crazy how you become so relateable when you know something that the kids are interested in!

Wonderful teacher moment!

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