All that worry about my class being smaller was all for naught. My class actually grew! It's way beyond my cap which I expanded yesterday to 24. I actually had 29 people show up today so I have a feeling there were a few more who showed up hoping to get in. Unfortunately I went through that process yesterday and got a batch of people from the waiting list into my class. I wish I could accept everybody who wants to take it but it's just not possible. The room size alone is close to being maxed out. It's pretty cool though to offer a class that is popular.
The second day of class was great. I was really in the groove. We finished up with PSYCHO and then dove right in to CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) with music by John Williams. These first few days of class are still more or less an introduction to how we're going to proceed in this course. These are practice examples to get the idea of how I want them to listen to these scores. After today we'll be listening and analyzing specific concepts and ideas but today is a free-for-all discussion about the notes and bolts of these pieces.
I'm hoping that by next week I'll have my final roster and everything will be ironed out. It's important for me to learn each student's name so I'm going to start being diligent about that. 24 students is a lot so we'll see how long it takes me to learn everybody's name.
I'm already looking forward to the start of week two. Let the learning really commence!