May 24, 2008 at 12:19 AMIt was last Tuesday when my friend Michelle mentioned that she was doing a senior project that incorporated musicians in a school for troubled kids. I asked her what exactly she was doing, and i found out that she was taking a few violinists down to a school mostly filled with African American youngsters, and to play music for them. Unfortunately this school had NO music program, so we all had to answer many questions. I wasn't that excited at first, but then it dawned on me. I thought back to when I was a small child, and hearing music was such an amazing thing. I told her the next day that I would be delighted to attend. So the day finally came, (which was today) and I have to say it was quite amazing. We first warmed up as we waited for the children to come back from gym. It was an interesting task, we had brought along some silly Disney music, (i.e Harry potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean) but after that was played, I decided that Bach was the best music to play for them. The other two violinists played the first movement of the Bach double while i warmed up my fingers. I had prepared "On the Trail" from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. This violin cadenza sounds exactly like a donkey if you know how to play it technically well. It was a fun little show piece that the kids enjoyed very much. After all the smiling and giggling, I decided to play first movement of the G minor Sonata. The room fell dead silent.
Have any of you had experience with touching young childrens minds through the art of music?
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