Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Music Lesson

KT has spent the last 8 days in band camp. Today is the final performance and I can't wait to see how he's grown as a drummer. I've always known that music would be a part of his world. My dad is a singer. He sang in a male's gospel group when I was growing up. He is also a great self taught drummer. I grew up singing in  the choir and have always had a deep love for music.

Last night he was watching videos on YouTube. He'll watch drummers, music groups we enjoy perform and songs he hears in church. The kid has a gift. He introduced me to Maroon 5, Coldplay, Canton Jones and One Republic. In 3rd grade became a fan of Duke Ellington thanks to his teacher, Mrs. Cornelius. He would listen to his one cd repeatedly. He will not go to bed without music or an audiobook playing on repeat. Yes, repeat. Do you know how many times I've heard Monster's Inc?!? A lot.

During his rehearsal class at camp Wednesday the instructor who also happens to be my co-worker and my school site's Band Director showed this video.

So many lessons here. For me, it was special because I'm going through a period of a major dream being on hold. This young lady's dream was delayed but not denied. In the end she was able to shine just as she had envisioned. I'm still holding on to my dream. I'm going to keep shining in the rain...strike that I'm going to dance. I don't have hair to worry about, lolol.

How special to me as a mother that my son found it moving enough to share with me. I asked him what he learned. He stated, "You can still be different and be a good person. You should just be yourself". I think he is beginning to understand that being a musician is a craft that requires dedication, practice, a lot of time, commitment and honesty. We've had some trouble with this in the beginning when he first entered band.

Music is such a universal language and can be used to teach valuable nuggets. I can't stress enough how important it is to expose our kids to a variety of things. It doesn't matter that I'm a single mom. Band is expensive but there are ways to get it done. Rent an instrument. Borrow cds from the library. Check out books about musicians and instruments from your local library. Ask a musician at your local House of Worship or college student who is studying music to give private lessons. The rates are much cheaper than a music school. Take your child to free concerts in your area. KT and I are frequenters of CBN, a free fountain-side concert series.  We go when they aren't playing our preferred genre of music. The plus is the experience. Who knows where this love will lead us, him.

What do you think of this video?

Air kisses,


Judith D said...

Its weird what we allow our natural senses to impact our internal senses(desires) when it should always be the other way around... Awesome.

Zarna said...


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High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Awesome! I played a clarinet as a child. As an adult I've been getting the itch to take guitar and violin lessons! Weird combo but true! By the way Ive given you an award at my blog. Please come check it out!

NRC♥ said...

Well done you, you must be so proud!

Style Chic 360 said...

Music was my love in school. U are so right about exposing children to different things. I loved that video

Miss Dre said...

This video was very touching. I have to share this with my children. The defining moment for me was as she was playing the violin while the butterfly was emerging from the cocoon. It's almost as if her dream were about to take flight.

BTW~I have an award over at my blog for you :) Check it out when you get a chance.

keren said...

This is a great example of how we should keep reaching for our goals no matter the circumstances.

P.S. I gave your blog an award please check my recent post:

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

Hi Kerissa! Your welcome on the award. Just right click it and save it to your pictures then you can download it on your post.

Kerissa said...

I am very proud of him. It is even more of a blessing when he shares a lesson he's learned with me. He could be absorbing all the wrong messages but instead he's using music to become a fine young man.

Thanks for all the awards. I'll try and post them this week. Love that you all take time to read and comment. Makes me feel good to have an audience :)

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