It’s summer, when we traditionally double down on the music, alongside the pool and camp. Although the Musician (our son Patrick) will go to college this fall, I’m relieved and pleased to have both Joey and Mary hard at it.
Mary is a natural like Pat. She is taking trumpet and is impatient with the mechanics, but enjoying the results when she focuses. But Joe takes the prize this summer – he never has to be reminded to practice. I think his teacher will be very pleased at the next lesson in August…
When I was a kid, my dad used to play his guitar in a bluegrass band and had such a good time. I was thrilled when they let me plunk along a few times. And, when he was REALLY stressed, he’d sit at the piano and play Hanon exercises over and over…punctuated by the Moonlight Sonata. Great example! And when I was a cantankerous teen, my mom and I bonded playing Scott Joplin duets. It’s fun!
Music is such a good investment. I wish more families could do it. Even with eight kids, we have had wonderful music teachers help us keep the kids with instruments and lessons…what a blessing!
I realize that for some families, it is not possible to make that sacrifice. Still, its not just for the kids. Music is a great stress-reliever. The kids learn to find a way to let music soothe the savage teenage beast…and their musical peers are usually pretty cool too. That keeps mom humming along and gives us something to talk about besides chores and homework.
We’re in the market for cello this fall, and while the price points were a little bit of a shocker…the last time we spent this much, it was on a piano (and boy did I ever get a deal on that!!). Thankfully, both Patrick and Maryellen have been playing that piano. So it was worth it…and just listening to that young man practice, sometimes twice a day, makes me excited to hear him play the new cello.
(For the record, his school let him borrow the one he has been using. Betcha you can find a music teacher to help you too!)
OK – let’s review. Music is an expensive hobby, but it builds relationships and relieves stress! Priceless!