When I was mainstreamed in the Public School, one of the classes was Music. It was taught by a middle-aged French-Canadian woman who was "over enthusiastic", in my opinion, on teaching her love of music. During the lesson she'd often pranced up and down the desk aisles conducting the class, much like Willem Dafoe's character, Detective Smecker in Boondock Saints, or she'd be hugging an Autoharp singing along.
I would sit there in awkward silence, not knowing the song lyrics or what to do. Whenever she came down my aisle she'd motion me to join in but all I could do was lower my head in embarrassment and ignore it all.
One Christmas season she announced that EVERYONE will participate in the Christmas Recital. We all were going to learn "Little Drummer Boy" and we were expected to be perfect. She pulled me aside and gave me the music sheet and said "it's not hard to learn, come on, repeat after me 'Come, they told me, pa rum pa pum pum'". (Of course she said it in her thick French-Canadian Accent so she was rolling all the r's.) I copied her, (monotonous) "Come, they told me, pa rum pa pum pum"
"No!" She'd glare at me in her heavy makeup, again like Willem Dafoe's character, "You've got to sing in KEY!" Now knowing nothing about the "mechanics" of music I had no idea what she meant. "You want me to what?" "Sing in key like this" (humming the scale). Now, I can tell if one sound is higher or lower than the previous sound but what the hell is "Key" and "Pitch"?
According to the Dictionary they are:
Key - the tonic note and chord that the music is based on
Pitch - how high or low a note is
Nope not making sense to me. I've tried repeating what I hear as higher or lower sounds but she was still getting frustrated. "Ok maybe you can just stick with playing the Xylophone", she taught me the notes to play over and over again. I was pretty good at copying that. But when it came to join the rest of the class, she got frustrated with me again, "NO! You've got to play along in time with the song!" I couldn't understand what was wrong, I was playing the right notes!
Well it ended up that whenever it was time for music period I went to an empty classroom & just read books or caught up on schoolwork, no more music class for me.
Now every holiday season when "Little Drummer Boy" comes on the radio.....I still cringe.