It’s instrumental

It’s instrumental

Setting

First day of term after the summer holidays. The Head of music is greeting a peripatetic music teacher, whilst also getting his lessons preped for the day.

 

Characters:

Mr./Ms. Peri: A hard-working and very able Music Subject Leader

Mr./Ms. Peri: An instrumental music teacher who has been visiting the school to work with learners there for 12 years

 

Music:

(Cheerfully) Morning there Ms. Peri – and how was your summer holiday, may I ask?

 

Peri:

Oh, not too bad thank you Mr. Music. You know – nice to have those little luxuries. . .

 

Music:

Like ice-cream you mean?

 

Peri:

I was thinking more of a comfortable room to sit in, a light that works, heating that comes on and space to swing a cat! (chortles at her own joke)

 

Music:

(slightly awkwardly) Ah yes, about that Ms. Peri. . .

 

Peri:

Oh no, what is it this time? I haven’t got to teach in the boiler room again, have I?

 

Music:

No, of course not! [Pause] I’m afraid you’ll have to teach in the toilet this morning.

 

Peri:

In the toilet?!

 

Music:

Yes, yes, I know. Sorry about that. It’s just that languages are using the boiler room for their oral exams and I’ve got ensembles to record in the other practice rooms, so I’m afraid there’s not many other choices this morning. It’s only for today. You do understand, don’t you?

 

Peri:

(Sighs) Yes, yes, I suppose so. You are trying to do your best the same as me and I don’t suppose you’d ask me unless you really had to. Did you manage to get that message to Julie about the change to her lesson time?

 

Music:

Ah yes, about that. I think we might have to come up with some creative solutions there.

 

Peri:

Creative solutions?

 

Music:

Yes. . . It’s just that the school has got this new interventions policy and it means that every Monday there’s going to be a spotlight on student creativity in a formalised model of simultaneous engagement.

 

Peri:

A revision class?!

 

Music:

Well. . . yes.

 

Peri:

At least it only affects Monday and not the rest of the week.

 

Music:

Um, well, actually it affects quite a few other days as well. Er, sorry.

 

Peri:

Which ones?

 

Music:

Oh, you know. . . Tuesday to Friday. . .

 

Peri:

That’s every day, Mr. Music!

 

Music:

I know, I know. I was thinking we could do a rota-thingy or something.   You’d be alright putting something together for me, wouldn’t you? It’s just that I’m trying to work out what I’m going to teach them all today and we’ll. . . I mean you’ll. . . need to get a message to Julie, eh?

 

Peri:

I’m sure I’ll work it out somehow.

 

Music:

By the way, did you manage to find something that would work as an ensemble for Maisie? I know she’s doing her grade 9 soon, but we do need to get something ready for her GCSE exam – it’s worth rather a lot of marks, you know.

 

Peri:

That was the didgeridoo, euphonium and electric guitar ensemble, wasn’t yet?

 

Middle:

(Excitedly) That’s the one! I knew you’d remember!

 

Peri:

Well, I haven’t quite got to it yet, but don’t worry, I will. When do you need it by?

 

Music:

Oh, you know, yesterday. But anytime before tomorrow lunch would be great.   You will be able to play the electric guitar part and conduct at the same time, won’t you?

 

Peri:

Sure, sure, no problem. . .Well, I’d better get everything sorted – I’ve got Archibald first and you know what he can be like!

 

Music:

Ah, yes, Archibald. Might have forgotten to tell you that he’s on a school trip today.

Peri:

Mr. Music!! Where to?

 

Music:

China.

 

Peri:

China?!

 

Music:

Yes, yes, but don’t worry, I think he’ll be back by next month.

 

Peri:

Right, okay, I’m sure I’ll manage. Which way to the toilet then?

 

Music:

The toilet? Oh – you mean your studio of musical miracles – right along the corridor, first door on the left. Watch out for the djembes. Had to put the drumming choir in the corridor outside your ‘room’.   Hope that’s okay? It’s only for the first hour!

 

Peri:

No, no, that’s fine, honestly! Anything for a musical education!

 

Music:

That’s just what I thought, Ms. Peri, that’s just what I thought. . .

 

 

 

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