“Mom,” Nick starts, “Can I have a drum set?"
I grin, “Maybe someday.”
“Can I have a Tuba?” Gabe interjects.
“No.” I laugh out loud at the image of my son, much smaller than a Tuba, attempting to play it.
But, that planted the musical seed for all of us.
Flash forward four years, and I am contemplating putting Nick and Gabe in Piano lessons. Why Piano? Because it seems that might be the most convenient to actually attend. And, Nick tried Drum lessons at three different locations, but he was just too young at the time. Not to mention, I don’t want a drum set in the house, but could live with a keyboard. I bet you’re shocked that I am not interested in a drum set, huh?
My husband is very musical – or at least what he might lack in ability is greatly made up for by enthusiasm. Although he isn’t belting out original songs, he enjoys playing the guitar (he began teaching himself about two years ago and he has gotten pretty good), and played the drums for 10 years during his school days. It is fair to say that Jeff is a music lover. And it is guaranteed that if my husband is home, there is music playing.
I, on the other hand, am against any added sound in the house during the day, so the enjoyment of music tends to be mostly had on weekends, and mostly in the backyard. Which is kind of a bummer.
But our family-music times are such easy and enjoyable moments, that I am longing to take advantage of them, and widen our scope.
Hence, the music lessons.
I am not sure how Gabe would do in music lessons. I can think of a billion reasons it might be hard, but I can also see that if the stats like, “Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs). Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998” are true (and I can see how they would be), having a hobby like music might be a healthy and long term way for Gabe to find stress relief. I do wonder if his hands have the level of dexterity and endurance that would be required, but the flip side is that music lessons might give him the workout his hands need to gain those things.
I think that Nick would love it. He isn’t thrilled with the idea of piano (“Why not drums, Mom?!”), but I think once he is there, tickling the ivories (or more like pounding on them), he might just warm up to the idea. Nick is the most vocal about wanting music lessons. He has had drum lessons, as I mentioned, and owns a guitar which he attempts to play occassionally with my hubby. Nick has also started learning to Beat Box (something my husband does very well) as has Gabe. Which, I am not gonna lie, is hysterical. HYS-TER-I-CAL. I think Nick has the best chance of really sticking with music lessons, and truly learning to play. But, Gabe could surprise me.
And Matt? Well, he is happy to listen, dance and sing at this point. Perhaps once he gets preschool under his belt he will be better equipped to take direction – of any kind. Until then, Matt isn’t exactly the ‘lesson taking’ type of kid that instructors dream of.
I kind of consider this to be my own personal form of music therapy for the kids and for us as a family. I know that is a broad term, but there is definite stress release for my kids when they are enjoying music. Playing, singing, laughing and dancing – it is great for their minds and bodies and I want to encourage it for all of us.
At this point, I am going to look into piano lessons for both Gabe and Nick. I am hopeful I will find someone within walking distance of our home, and then I can send the boys down one at a time – with supervision – instead of driving to yet another appointment and sitting in the van with Matt for an hour.
Wouldn’t it be great if it worked out so seamlessly? A girl can dream.
Anyone take your child to music lessons? Any success stories?
Video: (I can't get the video to work -- technical glitch -- and it is enough to put me over the edge. I will attempt to post it on facebook -- join the HLW3B group to see it!) My husband and Nick in the backyard doing a 'duet' -- Jeff on guitar and Nick beat boxing. I personally really like the 'mixing' sounds he adds in.