Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Music Men

The past week and a half have been filled with music rehearsals, recitals, and concerts.

Last fall, Jacob started taking band at a local private school. They allow homeschoolers to join for free...very cool! Jacob chose to play the tuba, and he has loved playing that HUGE instrument!

The beginner band concert was last week and the kids did a great job. I can't imagine trying to teach a room full of 5th graders band...all new to their instruments, some new to reading music, and all of them new to playing in an ensemble. And since they started the year on the recorder, they actually didn't pick up their current instrument until almost November. Amazing job!

Here's Jacob hiding behind his tuba.

There he is!

The band teacher didn't stand to direct, but played along with them on the piano. I'd never seen this done before, but it really was a nice sound and the kids all played along with him very well.

He also gave the kids a chance to perform another instrument if they chose, so Jacob played the piano. He's taken lessons for 5 years now, and also loves to play this instrument. He played The Barber of Seville...a rather fast one...and he did great. He was pretty nervous, though, because he had a rough practice earlier in the day. He was concerned about what others would say about him if he comes the age where others' opinions start to matter. So I reminded him not to be concerned about others' remarks...if God is with you, who can be against you?

But instead of remembering those words as he walked to the piano, he told me all he could think of was..."yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..."

Oh, Jacob.

The whole family there to spur him on, along with proud grandparents!
The only one that did NOT enjoy the concert was Laura...the noise and acoustics were too much for her senses.

Two of Jacob's best friends are in band with him. We carpooled this past year and it was a hoot listening to their conversations. What great imaginations!

Yep...three peas in a pod!

Next up...the piano recital. It was Amarin's first recital as he just started last fall. He and Jacob played a duet, and it was great to see them up there together having fun.

Amarin's smile says it all...he loves piano, too, and said he wasn't nervous at all!

What a difference in confidence we've seen in him.

Jacob was pretty intense with his playing. He sets his music up there just in case, but never looks at it. And we thought his foot was going to go through the floor the way he was stomping on the pedals!

Some of their biggest fans. Despite Laura's expression, she did enjoy this music.

Flowers for their teacher, Ms. Becky.

Charlie joined in this photo. He's ready to play, and is already "practicing" his finger positions. It's been fun to watch his big brothers sit with him at the piano to teach him for a couple minutes each day. What a hoot it will be to see that little guy up there playing. Something tells me his song choices will be fast and loud...just a mom's intuition...

Great job, boys! We're proud of you for working so hard at your lessons and practicing every day!

1 comment:

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The boys look so proud :). I think I was more nervous than the boys were when they gave their performance. So nice to see the picture of your whole family and dressed to the max. ;)