Last year Revelation were given the opportunity to go to Barbados as part of Warwick's 40th Anniversary celebrations. Lots of us went and had a wonderful time [some of which is reviewed here .], not in the least because of the workshops organized. That is, us doing workshops at local high schools!
Following from all the fun we had teaching the kids some of our songs [and them teaching us some groovy bajan dance hall moves!] and remembering the large number of teachers in Rev, lots of thoughts popped up in Chrisi's mind and she came up with the crazy idea to organize school workshops in the Coventry area! Starting at her own keen school in Kenilworth, where we taught 5 year olds the main bits to Lean on Me [using the best movements we could think of, with the boys ending up leaning on each other's shoulders like a bunch of homies!] we ended up doing quite a few workshops in term 3. It was so much fun that I personally ended up doing one right before catching a plane to Holland!
We like to think it's not just fun for us, but for the kids as well! There is the occasional cheeky boy [usually boy, girls are ok singing] explaining there is no way on earth he could enjoy singing a song, but in the end, they all sing and sway and do the mandatory actions to the songs we teach. And they smile while doing all that too!
Anyway – I was writing this entry trying to encourage/convince some of you to come along to a workshop! Teaching is a greatly fulfilling occupation, especially when you see someone actually learning something! When after 3 hours of hard work teaching the kids songs, they end up singing those songs to their parents and teachers, it's at least as amazing as performing with Rev yourself!