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Kelsey Z.

a proud teacher!

December 17, 2005 at 5:56 PM

School is done for the holidays (sort of - nothing like having to read an entire, fat book and do a whole wack of writing assignments on it...), I have a break from teaching for a couple of weeks and I got another gig!

But first! The recital last weekend. I was one proud teacher! The concert started off with a massive group of violin players from as young as 4 to adults in their 50's! It was interesting to say the least. It's extremely hard to keep so many people together when they aren't used to playing in large groups but it was fun! My teacher and I both kept things generally on track and I think the kids had fun. My first student to play was the first solo performance of the day (see picture).

A darling little 4 year old, who had gotten a new dress and matching shoes for her first violin recital. She had learned Jingle Bells to play with the bigger kids and adults and she learned a traditional French Folksong to play for a solo. As we were up on the stage and I was helping her get her music set up and the stand adjusted she plunked herself in front of me and said excitedly, "Kelsey, I've been waiting for this day for a very long time!" As we were about to begin she looked out to the huge audience, her parents and grandparents were sitting in the second row so she used her to point them out to me and everyone else. Then we got playing. She did a really good job! She had very good intonation and kept the piece going with no breaks! At the end of her very professional little performance she put her violin in rest position and bowed and then blew a kiss to the audience, grabbed her music and bounced off the stage back to sit with her parents. I got a bit of a break for awhile to sit and listen and then I had two of my Suzuki groups close together and another student who played a solo. The solo came first. This fun 7 year old blew me away the week before the recital when she said she had learned Perpetual Motion on her own (this kid can sight-read like no-ones business!). She played it for me and I couldn't say anything except "wow!" It ended up being the piece she chose to perform on the recital and she did it a great sound, great intonation and professionalism and musicality that's pretty brilliant for her age. Her friend and fellow Suzuki student came up and joined her on stage next and together we played Allegro and Dredyl. These two girls have hit it off in a group this year and they both started in late Septemeber and have blossomed. They pick up on things quickly and they are really sensitive to each other in group classes and they are a pure joy to teach. I always look forward to their classes each week! My next group, and last group signed up for the recital ended up being very small. Another group of two girls who have played together for two years now and like my above mentioned group have made some really great sounding music together and had fun doing it. Unfortunately one of them sprained her ankle badly the night before the concert so the group performance turned into a duet. We played the Bach Musette at the beginning of Suzuki book 2. Dynamics, good intonation, musicality and fun. My students all blew me away! I couldn't be more proud of them!
Tonight my violin teacher and I are doing a wedding and reception which should be fun! It's so much more fun doing things like that with another person and especially someone you really enjoy playing with. I find my teacher is very easy to play off of and we have a lot of fun when we play together. The exciting gig has got to be the one I will be doing next week. I haven't got my music for it yet but I know what we are supposed to be playing. The Nutcracker! I played this once several years ago, my first year and first ever orchestral wait second....the first one was as part of this massive string orchestra (150+ players! :O) and then the next month the youth orchestra I played in at the time got to be guests in the local professional orchestra's Christmas concert tour! We got to play some Reveultes, Anderson and the highlight for me was the Nutcracker. I loved it! So I'm very excited to get to play it again, now!
I hope everyone is able to find a few moments to have some fun this Christmas season (if you celebrate Christmas) and that you are avoiding too much holiday stress! (Isn't it ironic how holiday and stress are in the same time frame with each other ?)

If I don't get a chance to blog again before the 25th.

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Joyeux Noël tout le monde!

From Scott 68
Posted on December 17, 2005 at 6:21 PM
That is so precious!

feliz navidad!

From Neil Cameron
Posted on December 17, 2005 at 6:31 PM
AAAaaargghhh, I hate those kids ... 4 & 7 years old with great intonation while here I am at 47 and still sound like an out of work catangler. :)

Glad you and your students are doing so well Kelsey.

Merry Xmas.

From Bart Meijer
Posted on December 17, 2005 at 8:11 PM
You know, Neil, violin playing is "so simple that only a child can do it".
From Robert Reed
Posted on December 18, 2005 at 1:00 AM
Kelsey congrats on the good work your studedns did w/ there recital. I think it would be rather amazing to jsut be able to sit back and listen to such young children playing.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 18, 2005 at 5:01 AM
Kelsey, I'm glad your students' recital went so well. That four year old is adorable, and she sounds like a ham and a very good musician, too. Happy holidays to you.
From Colleen Russo
Posted on December 18, 2005 at 2:24 PM
Wow, that must've been exciting! The picture is darling! Congrats!
From Carley Anderson
Posted on December 18, 2005 at 9:13 PM
Wow, wow, wow...very nice picture!

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