A day in the life of an ACMF teacher
“As an ACMF teacher you find yourself going into schools that have no music program at all, so you have to work with the staff as much as you have to work with the children and you create a music program from nothing.
I find myself going in there and teaching drumming and chime bar work and percussion work and lots of singing and body percussion and rhythm, so your day is hugely varied. In the cities, I’m using drums. In the country, I’m using roundup tins and feed bins. Anything that we can get that will make a musical sound, I will give to the children and watch these, these little people who have probably seen more in their little lives than I have in my slightly longer one, just learn to engage. Engage with the music, engage with each other, engage with the musical instrument and have a really good time.
So, I will have children who’ve come in and they’ve had a really rotten day or they’ve done something really terrible at school or maybe their parents are not completely at home. For some reason and for an hour with me, they’re laughing, they’re kids again and they’re having a really, really good time and that just gives the most amazing amount of satisfaction to me and joy to me, which will then reflect back on the children again. So it’s a really two way street. It’s one of the best jobs I have ever done in my life and I wouldn’t do anything else. It’s incredibly draining and incredibly rewarding at the same time.”
Rachel Scott, ACMF Teacher
Matraville Soldiers’ Settlement School.
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, Catholic Primary School, Waterloo.
Hillston Central School, Hillston.