Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Twinkle, Twinkle...

Earlier today I walked in on my daughter and her daddy having an impromptu violin lesson. Big Sis woke up from a much needed nap and instead of searching me out...she found her daddy and told him that she needed a violin lesson. This is one of my favorite parts about having a husband who is a musician and music educator. No...not the scratchy notes that screech out of Big Sis' violin, but the good old fashioned bonding that takes place as a father teaches his daughter what he has learned and wants to give to her. It's beautiful.

The first week of my bloggy absence was taken up by our going to Nampa, ID (near Boise) so that my husband could teach at the Idaho Suzuki Institute. We decided to register Big Sis to take classes too. If you are familiar with the Suzuki Method, you will be well familiar with the Twinkle Variations that we were hearing, playing, singing, and working with for the week (although Big Sis' favorite class didn't have anything to do with the violin...it was a Music and Movement class, which was awesome - and quite a little aerobic workout for me too!). I was really amazed with the progress that Big Sis made throughout the week and even more important was that the Institute really got her excited and helped her to see what she could eventually become.

Sometimes it takes getting a little perspective to see what we can really become. It's hard to see that on a day to day basis when we are just doing the daily routine. Thank goodness for those times when we can get away and see that we aren't doing as bad as we thought we were and get a feeling for where our potential can take us.

8 comments:

Summer said...

I really like that last paragraph. I'm thinking I could really use one of those opportunities right about now.

raybee said...

Nice to have you back!

COMcewens said...

Glad you are back, why not add some of your husbands music in the background so we can hear him play?

Jeanette said...

I am looking into the Suzuki Method for teaching my son the Violin. He just seems to be so musically inclined but neither of his parents are so we are not exactly sure what to do. I have heard so many good things about the Suzuki method that I think that is the path we will take, just not yet. (He is only 3)

Cheryl said...

Suzuki works wonders for violin. But I'm against it for piano. I had so many friends use Suzuki for piano and end up not being able to read music. They were faking it (that's the teacher's fault, though, really).
Anyway, I know what you mean! I started teaching #1 piano lessons this year, and she is doing so well. It's great to see her in a different light and to see her potential, you know?

The Broad Squad said...

How wonderful that your DH has such talent! We need more music in this world!

Chelan said...

I like the last paragraph too. I get frustrated sometimes keeping up with our "routine" and trying to remember there's a reason we try to teach our children the things we do. Big Sis will treasure those memories too of learning from her Dad. How neat!

stephi k said...

I have a 7-year-old who does suzuki violin. We are well versed in the "Twinkles!"