|The book we gave each of our students, and a program|
from the recital.
So, you'll allow me to brag for just a bit, won't you? Last Friday was Lauren and my recital for our students (which makes three recitals in the past week, five in the last month, and nine in the last five months for our family....), and it was a special occasion. Each student performed the usual classical, fiddle, folk, or sacred piece by the usual composers--and they did a marvelous job. But interspersed amongst these selections, each student would take the stage again, to perform an original composition. For the last year, we have worked with each child to compose his own piece, write it down, learn, and memorize it. There were works that reminded me of Debussy, pieces that sounded like they could have been played at an old-fashioned dance, and even a few songs with lyrics.
Knowing how hard they had all worked, Lauren and I worked with a printer friend to put together a book of all our students' compositions and presented them each with one after the recital. It was a fabulous moment! Working with children--whether you teach music, teach Sunday School class, babysit, or have your own precious little ones--is one of the most exciting ways to brighten your corner.
First picture: Mikaela
All other pictures: Jennifer (Mama)