Last Monday, Dylan had his first guitar lesson and I couldn’t be more proud! I love the fact that he asked if he could start to learn. It is very exciting for me to see him take an interest in learning how to play an instrument, as it takes a great deal of patience and dedication to learn.
Dylan has been surrounded by lots of performers and talented musicians, and he is lucky enough to have an uncle who is willing to teach him. Dylan has committed to a forty-five minute music lesson every Monday. His teacher/uncle will instruct him not only how to play but how to write and read music!
When Dylan asked to have this opportunity, I made it more than clear to him that when it gets hard and his fingers hurt, he is not to give up! He is to practice for 10 minutes every night before bed. I explained that just like joining a team, he is to stay committed. My fear is that he will get frustrated and want to give up. I would hate for his love of music to be hindered.
Tonight will be his second lesson. He is very eager to show his uncle his hard work in this last week, and he is ever so excited to learn another cord!
So this past week, when I found out his kindergarten class wouldn’t be included in the winter concert, I was shocked and sad to hear this news, since Dylan has such a love for music. I felt compelled to ask why, so I notified the principal, his teacher, as well as the music teacher. I consulted a friend who happens to teach in the school, and by the end of the day on Friday, I received a letter in Dylan’s back pack that said the kindergarten children would be a part of the winter concert celebration.
That night at the dinner table Dylan explained to my husband that the principal announced to the class I had called and made sure those special kindergarten boys and girls be a part of the celebration! I was a little embarrassed, however the twinkle in my son’s eyes as he told the story of how his mom saved the winter concert for his class, made me feel empowered. It made me realize how powerful we are as parents and it made me realize how important it is to stand up for our children. We are their advocates! Even if I do feel a little foolish for making life harder on some of the staff in his school, what’s right is right!
Let there be music!