That’s what my daughter exclaimed when she got off of the bus today. She was delighted, FINALLY, that she made it through her year of the violin.
When she decided to sign up to take violin at the end of last year I was excited for her. I started violin in the 4th grade and played through the 12th grade. I asked if she knew I had played. She said she had but that her choice had nothing to do with me. I thought it was a nice choice actually because, though she is a tiny petite thing, she has beautiful long fingers…maybe that would give her an advantage…?!
For the first week or so she practiced a little and then, nothing. I’m sure you can imagine how it went from there. As the weeks wore on she became very disenchanted and wanted to quit. The violin is tough after all! I told her she could absolutely quit, but not until she completed the year.
Her complaints turned to anxiety as her spring concert approached…she would be on stage playing her violin in the orchestra.
Nightly cram sessions in pjs like this in the kitchen started happening. It was then I saw her really making an effort, but it was also too late at this point, only days before the concert! “I’ll just blend in” she wisely told me. :)
me playing the violin in elementary school!
When the big day arrived I was excited to see both of my twins all dressed and ready to go. The 3rd graders also had prepared songs on their recorders.
My husband and I were actually a little nervous for my daughter when we arrived at the school for the concert!!! But when the orchestra appeared and I found my little peanut, my nerves diminished. She looked so adorable, so mature, and very confident!
And she did it.
Her recorder was a breeze after that!
Next up was my little man. When he was a kindergarten, I got a call from his music teacher basically giving me the heads up that he was failing music. You heard me correctly. My 5 year old failed music. So we never have really high expectations when it comes to this guy and singing. :)
After the concert I said gee son it didn’t look like you were singing, it appeared like you were only moving your mouth. He said “I wasn’t singing I was lip singing which is better than singing.” I guess this guy has never heard of the term lip syncing. :)
So there you have it! We made it through a year of violin and music!
Oh and did I mention that my son has signed up to play the sax next year!!!? :)
What’s your experience been like with your kids and musical instruments?