Sunday, November 11, 2012

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My Life of "Learning + Music = Fun"

"If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others."  Tryon Edwards

On reflection tonight as I get ready for tomorrow's lessons and recap what was done this weekend, I've reached the conclusion I consistently reach - it's all good!

As a music instructor and church musician, I don't have a normal 8-5 Monday thru Friday job.
I work a little bit every day.

If you're an instructor (which includes Moms, Dads, Grandparents, etc.), I think you know what I mean by the following...
  • I absolutely love - the smiles on the faces and light in the eyes of my students when they "get it".  You can just see them light up when they understand a concept, work through a tough section, or master a new skill.  "Yes!"
  • I absolutely love -  the pride I see in my students (younger & older) as they grow and learn.  Part of what I strive to do is help them realize how special they are and to be proud of their accomplishments.  We don't always have "ah ha" moments but we are proud of every step we take along the way.
  • I absolutely love -  how much fun it is to watch my students when they realize a song in a commercial or from a movie, etc. is really a piece by a famous composer.  One of my goals in life is to create an awareness of the music around all of us.  We hear amazing music all the time and might not be aware of the composer or time era it was written in.

Here  are my 3 favorite resources for helping children (and grown ups) have fun learning about music.  I hope you enjoy them!  Thanks for sharing my reflections at the end of this day.

A great resource! -  loads of free sheet music, games, bioeraphies, etc.  

From the Dallas Symphany Orchestra - for kids -  
The game - "Beethoven's Baseball" rocks!

From the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra -
Note Names is one of my favorites to play with my students!

Here's a link to one of the many Podcasts available at Classics for Kids.  This Podcast is about Johann Sebastian Bach and his 20 children.  (6 minutes long)


Adriana Iris La Dulce Vida said...

One day I will play the piano. I even have one in my sun-room that is not tuned. One day I tell ya. ;)

reiadm said...

Good for you! The older you are the faster you'll learn. So think of it this way - you're saving yourself tons of money & time by waiting.

If you're in my neck of the woods, I know of a great guy that tunes pianos for a good price should you ever want it tuned.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! Reia

Annmarie Pipa said...

you sound like a fabulous teacher...i bet your students know that. my youngest child loves music...and his music teachers. they make the prayer list every night.

Marie Bulatao said...

I bet you are the kind of teacher that my kids would love...

reiadm said...

Thanks for your comments. I teach the way I wish I'd been taught and I pour my heart out.

I hope you get the chance to visit the links I put up. They really are good and the kids love the games, biographies, etc.

Terri S. Vanech said...

Thirty-five years after I first picked up the clarinet, I still play -- in a local community band where thank goodness we have some terrific high school musicians to keep us older folks honest. I have a blast every time I play and cannot imagine going without music.

reiadm said...

Sorry it took so long to reply to you, Terri from

I played clarinet in the band as well as my daughter Traci. I think it's wonderful that you still play & in public! Wow - so proud of you!