My Wonderful Students!

Ronald McDonald House near ComerToday my Professional Development students will be Christmas Caroling at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago. After Caroling there, I will be walking with the students approximately six blocks to the second Caroling engagement at the Ronald McDonald House near Comer Children’s Hospital.

I am very proud of my students. They decided that they wanted to bring “Cheer” to ill children and their families during this Holiday Season. After learning of their desire to do this, I created a special project, through which they could learn about all aspects of booking an engagement. I have called it the Book-A-Gig Project.

Because we didn’t have time for every student to be involved with every aspect of the Project, the class was divided into four groups. This allowed every student to be hands-on with one aspect of the Project. Once their work was done, each group reported their process to the entire class, allowing all students to get exposure to the entire booking process.

This has been a wonderfully collaborative learning opportunity for the students. They have struggled with many things regarding this Project. The major struggle was managing the social dynamic of their individual groups. Who would lead the group? How would they make sure that all group members had an equal opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions? How would they divide up tasks to assure that every member was working hard and bringing something of value to the table? How would they compile their data to be used in practical application toward the outcome of the Book-A-Gig Project?

With my gentle (and sometimes quite firm) guidance, we have come to this day. The students have booked the gigs, marketed the gigs, booked a photographer/videographer, sent press releases, selected the music and diligently rehearsed the music. They are performing six secular Holiday songs. One of the students is the conductor for today’s performances. She will be using Garage Band on my cell phone to establish starting pitches and the students will sing acapella.

I am very proud of the work that these students have done.

Wishing them a day filled with great music and happy memories.

Break a leg!!!


About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit
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