Monday, February 20, 2012

Inspiring kids..with other kids

Kids LOVE to see other kids playing music.  We get trapped into a mode of equating kid's music with practice and lessons and work.  Given the chance, kids will make music into play.  For the little kids it looks like so much fun.  They just can't wait to join in.

My boys are used to being the youngest at any music event, and they are pleased to get to be the "big kids" for a change.  They're proud to show a younger cousin how to strum a washboard or hold a ukulele.

And there's nothing like an adoring audience to keep a young fiddler playing, and playing,

and playing.  A stranger approached me as Gus played for these adorable little boys.  She said that Gus was making such an impression on them that he could change their lives.  I had never thought about it that way, but it makes sense.  Gus plays fiddle because when he was four he saw a five year old friend playing a tiny violin.  He knew at that moment that he would be a fiddle player.  And he is.


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