I love music. I enjoy hearing it echo throughout my home. I installed speakers everywhere and I am always searching new styles of music to enjoy. When I was a teenager, I listened to it as loud as possible while driving my car that my trunk would rattle. Many a concert that I attended- I don’t remember much about them. But I have ticket stubs to say I was there. I’m surprised that I have only lost just under a quarter of my hearing in my right ear for certain decibels.
We have kept music alive in our home for years. Once our children were born, we bought into the whole “Baby Einstein” thing. I loved the music playing from the tv. I think it helped to raise an appreciation for music and the arts in our children. When our children where in preschool, every month they learned about a different classical musician or artist. It sure was better than hearing theme songs from Dora or Disney JR sung over and over.
Our children have been taking piano lessons since they were each in grade 1. We bought a grand piano nearly a decade ago. It cost us the price of a car. But it has brought much joy (and some anger) as they have played and practiced over the years. Today, our middle child had her Royal Conservatory Exam for Grade 3 piano. Tomorrow night all three will be performing at a piano recital put on by their piano teacher.
Next year at school, our youngest will have an opportunity to start playing an instrument for band. My wife and I feel he should do trumpet. He wants to try for a string instrument like the cello as well. Our kids love trying more unique instruments. This year, our middle child took on learning the Bassoon. She already had two years of clarinet, but wanted to stand out a bit more in music. Our oldest joined choir this year. I never knew she could sing at the caliber that she can. It also helped her with getting herself out there and perform for an audience.
I hope that our children have a lifelong appreciation for music. I’d love to see them pursue more long term in the arts after leaving school. I don’t want them to have regrets about not continuing on like many of my adult friends have had.