Thursday, October 27, 2011
I've been giving Solana piano lessons ever since we got our piano. We try to have a lesson every Monday but we've missed a few Mondays here and there. I enjoy them, though. Being a former piano and flute player for many many years I love it that I can teach her a little bit about music. I have a secret hope that she'll pick up my flute one day and become a band nerd like me but have a feeling she'll probably follow her own path. Solana came home with a note from school today:
It is my pleasure as the music teacher...
I am pleased at the program opportunities that we are able to present within regular music classes. However, some children exhibit exceptional talents and I have designed a program to nurture these abilities. Your child is one of those chosen to participate in a select group of children as part of a musical enrichment group. He/she was identified based on one or more of the following criteria:
-pitch: able to match pitch quite well in a normal child range
-auditory discernment: able to hear differences in musical sounds, pitches, and
-aural language receptivity: demonstrating he/she can easily learn a song by rote
-hand/eye coordination: able to use a visual chart as a cue for playing an instrument
Only a small number of children have been selected to participate...
I also sang in the choir when I was in elementary school. We had to audition and I clearly remember standing beside my teacher and singing a few notes after she played them on the piano. Not all children who tried out made the choir. I wonder if my parents cried when they received a letter saying that I made it. I admit that I teared up as I read Solana's.
She read my enthusiasm and jumped up and down when I explained what the note meant. "Does this mean I get to go on stage?!?!?"