Katherine first started begging to play the violin when she was about 4 years old. We ignored her requests for a long time, but she continued to ask. Sometimes daily. By the time she was in 2nd grade, her interest in the violin had only grown stronger. The school didn't offer orchestra classes until 5th grade, but we asked the orchestra teacher about the possibility of lessons. The teacher referred us to a private instructor and offered to measure Katherine to see what size violin she would need. Then she arranged for Katherine to borrow the first of several school violins. Katherine has had private lessons most weeks since then. She joined the school orchestra in 5th grade and orchestra quickly became her favorite class. It still is. She loves her teacher, loves her orchestra, and loves playing. She was proud to be a part of the 130th festivities this week.
Last fall, Katherine asked if she could learn to play bass. She was interested in adding another instrument to her list and was looking for ways to challenge herself in orchestra class. Her teacher agreed to let her try. She practices in the orchestra room after school and has made enough progress that she now plays the bass in class, too. So for the second half of the concert, Katherine moved to the back row and played bass.
I am so grateful for my town's commitment to music programs in the public schools. I appreciate how music teachers have recognized and nurtured Katherine's musical abilities. I am so glad that she has the opportunity to learn and perform music and to be a part of something much bigger than herself. And I love hearing beautiful music and watching my girl learn to love it, too.