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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Montessori School

Earlier this week found me at a nearby Montessori school demonstrating the violin to a classroom full of students. After playing for them and talking a little bit about the violin, I allowed each child to come try a smaller-sized violin.

I high-fived a girl named Sarah for having my name, and spelling it the same way.

I enjoyed watching a third-year boy be surprised to find that he liked the violin, after initially declaring loudly to the class that he didn't want to play that instrument. I exclaimed what a naturally good bowhold he had - and he really did.

Luna giggled as we made the "Statue of Liberty" pose going from rest position to playing position; I said, "I know the Statue of Liberty isn't really holding a violin... but it would be cool if she was."

A girl named Juliet smiled when she played the first seven notes of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

And another student declared, "This is fun!"

I stayed and chatted with the music teacher a bit afterwards.

And she asked me to start a violin program there.

And I think I will.

{Even though I am already so busy.}

Because I think that children learning to play the violin makes the world a better place.


  1. So, I'm curious. What age do you think a child should start violin lessons? We are thinking about doing them at some point with our kids, but I don't want to push them too early.

    I love your blog, btw.

  2. SteveDad11:31 PM

    and I think you teaching violin, and playing so beautifully makes the world a much better place, too