Grateful for School Concert

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Waiting to begin. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My youngest daughter is currently learning the violin in her school’s music programme. This year she decided to join the chamber orchestra which resulted in her attendance at more practices and in the necessity of learning more music than is required for the grade 8 programme. She has been enjoying the experience thus far. On Monday night, parents were invited to the annual winter school concert to hear the music students perform. We arrived early on Monday evening and patiently waited for the show to begin. We were to hear not only the students playing the string instruments, but also those playing band instruments. The choir was also on the evening’s programme and they were to sing two songs for us.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
The Chamber orchestra begins. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

All the grade 7s and 8s had a chance to perform their repertoire. In addition we listened to the chamber orchestra, the concert band, the jazz band, and the school’s orchestra. We were proud of our daughter for participating in so many of the groups and for continuing with her commitment in spite of the early morning practices and the extra music she had to learn. We were not able to see her when she played (because of the section she was in), but we enjoyed listening to the music anyway.

This week I am grateful, not only for the opportunity my children have had to learn how to play music, but also for the music concerts that the teachers organise. On Monday evening, I enjoyed listening not only to the groups my daughter is in but also the the music played by the students in the jazz band. It was an evening filled with musical entertainment and I enjoyed every note.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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20 thoughts on “Grateful for School Concert

  1. I am grateful that my parents provided me with music lessons. I took violin lessons too. Not an easy instrument to play. 😦 I was always in the section where no one could see me or hear me. lol
    When I hear some loud music that I am not particularly fond of ….. I remember that the players of that music I am not fond of LOL probably took lessons and learned the basics that we all have to learn. And that makes me appreciate their skills if not their sound. 🙂
    I hope your daughter continues to enjoy her music. 🙂

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    1. The violin does sound like a difficult instrument to learn (I never had the opportunity to learn to play an instrument so I am guessing). It is quite a skill I think and I admire even those who have tried to learn. 🙂

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    1. Next year she has to make the choice between art and music – and she has chosen music. I am glad, though, that she has had the experience of learning to play an instrument.

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  2. As an adult, we admire those who can play a musical instrument and, sometimes, wish that we could play one, too. Few of us realize, though, how much hard work and dedication it takes, especially in the early years, to become a skilled musician. Concerts are not only a wonderful way for the children to show off their skills but it gives the school community an opportunity to show their support. The kids need it. 🙂

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  3. It’s one of the joys of school life that you get to attend these concerts, isn’t it, Colline? I love the ripple of excitement and expectation, and then the lump in the throat that follows. 🙂

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