It all worked out and I had a lot of fun meeting with both classes. This is me, explaining to the ESL students the steps involved in composing and recording a CD.
A couple of months ago, I was invited to participate in another academic sort of project. This one is a little harder to explain, but I'll try.
The Creating Calm Publishing Group, a handful of authors specializing in things like mindfulness and yoga and alternative medicine and healing and such, has invited a few dozen Jewish composers, writers and teachers to contribute articles to a book called, "Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers". I can't remember how the publishers found me but they did, and sent me an email through this web site asking if I'd like to participate. After some back and forth, I suggested I write about the prayer "Lev Tahor", since I'd composed a setting of it. They liked the idea, and so that will be my official contribution to this e-book, to be released in Fall 2014.
I still have to write the actual article, a monster of a thing that's supposed to be somewhere btween 1500 and 2000 words. But I've already sent in some preliminary things and they've gone ahead and posted them to their web site.
For more information about the overall project, you can check out this page. Stay tuned.