Saturday, May 14, 2016

Concert Season

At some point this spring, as I was schlepping kids to music lessons three times a week, I realized that I have become a Music Mom. I have always liked music in a general sort of way and have had some musical training, but have never been particularly musically talented. To my surprise and delight, my girls are well on their way to being serious music lovers. They sing at home frequently. They listen to music constantly. They know the lyrics to every song on the radio. They dance, They play around on instruments. And they participate and perform in musical groups. This is wonderful, but it means that at the end of the school year I sit through a lot of concerts!

Katherine has been taking private violin lessons since she turned 8. This winter she "graduated" from lessons with her beloved teacher, Ish, to lessons with the strings professor at the college. This seemed an impossibly big step to me, but she handled it all with ease. Her new teacher works her hard and she has practiced conscientiously. She performed in a big recital a few weeks ago and played beautifully.
Katherine had her final 6th grade orchestra concert last week. I must say, her classmates have improved a lot since last year! Kate enjoys orchestra class and never comments on her beginner level classmates. She does sometimes talk about how boring the music is, but she practices it all the same. The lighting at the concert was horrible, both for watching and photographing.


One of the pieces was called Dragonslayer, so their teacher directed with a sword!

This winter Rachel joined a children's choir that is part of our college's community music school. She has loved going to rehearsal each week and getting to know new friends. She's proud to be a part of something that is "hers" and loves all the music they sing. The choir has performed in churches and a local music crawl this spring and had a final concert tonight. I am impressed that Rachel, my constantly moving, easily distracted girl, never wiggled during the performance. She watched the director so intently and sang every word.



They sang some very pretty pieces, including rounds and songs with two part harmony.
My girls always have a song in their hearts and this makes me so happy!

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