The concert at the TillesCenter for the Performing Arts was awesome! It is good to know that there are masses of young people devoting themselves to something so uplifting & enriching like music. Not only are they themselves becoming all the better for it but they are touching other peoples lives in a positive way in the process. What a wonderful thing.
Before the orchestra played, the Vice President of my son's division commented on how cooperative & respectful all of the young musicians were during this last week of rehearsals. There is something about music that is truly magical in so many ways. I don't have any idea how many of these young participants will go on to become musicians. It does seem to me though, that the experience of committing oneself to a discipline transfers over to so many other areas of one's life. Ian's music teacher told me that all of her friends that continued to play music-despite all the practices, are glad that they did. While her friends that stopped playing are sorry they didn't continue. Having to practice an instrument everyday is a big commitment. For Ian, he strives to do that. This works for him because if he misses a day, it's just one day. By learning & practicing & getting better at something, it teaches him that he can do that with other things as well. This has been a great tool for me as a parent. Over the years when Ian has faced other challenges I can always reassure him with, "It's just like the violin, all you have to do is practice." I think of how that alone contributes to a persons self esteem. Also, getting up in front of a large room full of your peers & playing a solo-I believe that nurtures courage. Then there is the simple act of sharing something of yourself that is beautiful, & by doing so you bring happiness to those around you.
I remember when my childhood friend started her children in Suzuki violin lessons, she would have them bring their violins to NY when they came to visit family & friends so we could hear them play. Truthfully -at the time, I had no idea what I was listening too. However, I could see what a wholesome experience it was for not only her young children, but also for myself & the other listeners around me. When my friend suggested my son take these same type of violin lessons, looking back on it, I am so very glad I was open to her suggestion.
Thank you dear friend.