In January this year (2015) I joined a team of eight from the U.K. (I’m from Bolney, Sussex) who went to Hope House to serve as a health team. However I’d volunteered to go knowing that I wasn’t an expert in anything at all to do with health, but I knew God was asking me to go but wasn’t sure what I’d be doing – my background was as a primary school music teacher…
We arrived to the loveliest welcome ever – beautiful singing and big hugs and I soon realised that Hope House is a wonderful place to be for worship. From first thing in the morning, as we watched the sun rise, to last thing at night, the sound of worship surrounded Hope House.
Soon after arriving, I mentioned I’d wished I brought along a recorder or two to teach some of the children. Gail, one of the others in the health team from the U.K. (from Northern Ireland), whom I’d never met before our trip said she’d brought twelve recorders and a music book and wasn’t sure why! God is amazing!
I soon found Andy Hubert, who taught music at Hope House Academy, and was very keen to learn and teach the recorder. After my first lesson with five children I realised the best way forward was to teach Andy as much as possible in the week I was there so he could pass on what he’d learnt to the children.
So we started with our daily lessons. With my case’s handle pulled up as a music stand I set about teaching Andy, musical notation and how to play the recorder. What an amazing pupil! During his lunch breaks and any free time I could hear him practising the recorder. He practised writing music, a stave, a treble clef etc. He learnt so much in a week and worked so hard. A teacher could not ask for more.
By the end of the week I felt he could start teaching his first lesson to the children. He did wonderfully. I suggested he kept learning using you tube tutorials, to learn more himself. For anyone else going to Hope House reading this, it would be wonderful if they could have another 14 descant recorders; Andy said there are 25 in each class and he could then teach the recorder to a whole class at once!
By Claire George