I sent an e-mail tonight. Why would that warrant a new blog post, you wonder? I sent the e-mail to a local music instructor, expressing our interest in getting L. and A. into violin lessons!
L. has been taking piano lessons through school for a year, but has also been asking about learning the violin for about the same amount of time. His school offers piano lessons for the youngest students, and other instruments are available to learn as the students get older. We told him to stick with the piano, and if he still wanted to pursue violin by the end of this school year, he could begin. It’s not the end of the school year yet, but L. can thank his little sister for moving things up a bit…
Our little A. has a great and growing interest in music. She loves to sing, dance, listen, pretend to play, and talk about music. I’m not sure how her interest in violin began; I know that I often play the classical radio station in the car, and there are many pieces featuring violins. I think I have described and attempted to demonstrate just about every orchestral instrument to her while driving. Go ahead, picture that, it’s pretty funny, and don’t worry, I am still a safe driver. Sometimes, A. will ask me to guess what instrument she is trying to play: whether it’s the tuba, clarinet, piano, trumpet, or violin, she can emulate the sounds and hand positions/movements very accurately! Whenever we listen to classical music, she immediately asks me what instruments I hear. She is getting a keener ear, too, and is able to identify them herself! I asked her if we found a teacher, whether she would try taking lessons to learn how to play the violin, and she seemed eager.
After receiving some very strong recommendations for the Suzuki method of learning, I looked up teachers of this method in our town. I found some! I sent an e-mail to these instructors, inquiring what and when our next steps should be.
We love our children and get so much joy out of seeing their interests and talents bloom. We don’t know yet what will come of this new chapter in their lives, but we are excited to find out!
Because we are new at being parents-of-possible-violin-playing-children, any wisdom or advice or encouragement is welcome!