The story behind viral video of choir teacher revealing school play

You've probably seen this video of Myles Finn, the musical theater teacher at Indianola High School in Iowa. Now learn about the connection he's built with his students.
3:47 | 09/27/22

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- What's this behind the-- behind the screen? Right here. Right down here. - I started with 13 musicals up on my whiteboard. Every day, I was going to take down two musicals, two musicals, two musicals, until we got to the final day. [STUDENTS BANGING ON DESKS] STUDENTS: What? What? TEACHER: And you just feel the whole room go silent. And they're panicking. People were commenting in the video like, are we getting our musical program cut? [WHISTLES] I have a thing on here that says in case of emergency. Should I open it? STUDENTS: Yeah! OPPOSITIONAL STUDENT: No! [SHUSHING] - Um, dude? You went through the pictures but the musical for the year isn't there? Did you look in your backpack? - Yes, of course, I looked at my backpack. - (MOCKINGLY) Of course I looked in my backpack. [LAUGHTER] Wait a second. What's this behind the-- behind the screen? Right here. Right over here. [STUDENTS SCREAMING] STUDENT 1: Oh, my god. STUDENT 2: What? - It says, Alexa, play musical announcement. ALEXA: Playing musical announcement. STUDENT 1: Maybe? [LAUGHTER] [MUSIC - "ADDAMS FAMILY THEME"] No! [STUDENTS SCREAMING] STUDENT 2: (YELLING) Are you for real right now? Are you for real? STUDENT 1: Oh, my god. [EXCITED SCREAMING] [MUSIC PLAYING] - Obviously, I think we all are of the understanding that we are in a mental health crisis. - The obstacles this generation of young people face are unprecedented and uniquely hard to navigate. TEACHER: I will do weekly check-ins with my students. So I'll actually send out a Google form that's basically asking-- It's a really consistent message of I am here, period. No matter who it is, everybody knows that they have this warm and welcome space. When students feel comfortable, they learn. When students feel comfortable with their teachers, and they know that the teacher is having fun-- like, case in point-- they will want to work. They will want to learn. They will want to pursue passions together. And I think that is such an important part of being in education. - Why did the Invisible Man turn down the job offer? STUDENTS: Why? - He just couldn't see himself doing it. Ha! TEACHER: And in just, like, this short amount of time that these videos have gone viral, just like-- ooh, it's making me emotional. The outpouring amount of love that people have had just for choir teachers in general-- - Hi. This is a video for Mr. Finn and his students at Indianola High School. We just wanted to say we were all so inspired by the videos. And to just remind your students that it is teachers like Mr. Finn who get us where we are. And so we all just want to say that we remember the names of our teachers. [ALL SAY TEACHERS' NAMES] [CHATTER] - That's so awesome. So-- STUDENT 3: That's insane. - Hey-- If you want to be a teacher, and you have fun being a teacher, you can do anything with education. You can go as far as you want. You could go viral on TikTok, if that's something that you want to do. But it has to be authentic. And it has to be something that you are truly passionate about. People want the things that you are doing. They're so excited. There are people that are going to come see this show from a long ways away. STUDENT 1: Are you for real? - So excited. So excited-- keep just sharing the love, friends. That's all that matters. Keep sharing the love with the people around you. Love you.

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