My third child is
the violin. Violin, meet the Bloggers....Bloggers...meet the violin.
For the past year I have spent much time with Big Sis and my third child, violin. We have had ups, downs, joy, tears, and even probably the biggest fight we have ever had, EVER....yes my daughter and I had a screaming mess over the violin.
She has hit me with the bow....and there is a strong possibility that I have hit her with it as well (I think I have blocked that in my mind)....please don't report me, if you have ever studied the violin with a 5-year-old, you will understand.
Lil Sis totally busted the first bow....just pulled that horse hair RIGHT out. She also occassionally pulls out a mini violin that we are borrowing from a friend, and tries her hand at a few tunes....even though it only has 3 strings, and only 2 that are functioning.
When our journey began I humbly thought I might be pretty equipped to handle violin-study. After all, I do have a Bachelor of Music which is not NOTHING right?
I was completely overwhelmed with the entire process of studying this instrument! I stressed about it for a while, but then we started settling into a good routine, and we started making progress! I have avoided blogging much about it, so there really should be several posts about my feelings by now, but the above are just a few of my musings.
Around winter we got a memo from the teacher that we needed to increase our practice time to 60-90 minutes a day. That was my second freak out...(the first being, the beginning)....I decided we would try for 30-60 minutes, and possibly more than 60 on weekends. I also polled the other parents in her class (all the children study an instrument), and they assured me most of them were not doing any more than 30 minutes, and most were doing 15 to 20 minutes. Phewsh. I found our happy medium.
Last night Big Sis had her last performance of the year...and played her entire first year repertoire. Her teacher emailed me this morning:
"Congrats on Big Sis' performance. She really excels when she gets in front of
people. She didn't show any fear or nervous feelings. I think she is a
Another child in her class' mom also noted that she had improved much since the mid-year concert and that she was a "stand-out."
Finally some feedback! Playing the violin with Big Sis day in and day out with nothing but constructive criticism from teacher twice a week gets a little lonely. I just didn't know how she was doing, but I think I can safely say that year 1 has been a success!
You can judge for yourself: