Jennifer Wyatt is a professional musician who, after (and during!) a wonderful career as a singer/songwriter Celtic harp player, and after raising two lovely daughters (Rachael and Rhiannon) with her husband Sean, decided to go back to school and get her education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She was fortunate enough to do one month of her practicum in Nunavut and this is her story...
Monday, March 28, 2011
Gwenivere goes to school...
So I decided to bring my harp to school today finally. She was a big hit! I set up in the elders room in the morning and the library in the afternoon and the classes came one by one to visit with me.
It was really interesting what the kids did and didn't know about music or about harps or even about Nova Scotia. They had tons of questions. They were very respectful and interested in anything I could tell them. The kindergarten classes had a great time dancing to my music and all of the kids sang Inuktitut songs for me while I played.
I tried to learn some more words in Inuktitut... I learned how to ask "what's your name?" ("Kinauvit?") and I made good use of my "thank you" and "you're welcome"s ("Nakumiik" and "Ilaali").
I am going to visit with the other half of the school tomorrow and then after school I'm going to meet the choir. Their director has asked me if I will teach them a few songs, so I'm trying to get organized for that. There are just enough cultural differences that I am not sure what to expect, but they are such a good audience! At some point I hope to go to the high school as well... I wonder what that will be like?