I love music. I love to dance, I love to move, and I love to groove. It’s been a huge part of my life, and I want that love to trickle down to my beautiful daughters.
I implemented a 3-activity rule from the time they were babies. I wasn’t going to force them into anything, but they had to have at least 3 skills: swimming, music, and dance. I don’t expect them to excel at any of these, but I really believe that every child needs these in their life in some way.
Swimming is easy. Now, dance is also easy, what with owning my own studio again But music has had me stumped. I want them to have the opportunity to play an instrument, but which one?? I sold my piano in 2010, and to be honest, I don’t really miss it. I also don’t miss my “band instruments” – flute and alto saxophone. I didn’t play them after high school at all, even though my fingers still hold the muscle memory. Funny, isn’t it??
We also don’t have room for a piano. I was down to string instruments, but the cost of buying two instruments was frightening! Two violins?? Two guitars?? Oh my! And they would need to be kid-sized, which would mean buying new ones as they outgrew the baby sizes. Yikes.
Then we went to a barbecue, and my girls found a ukulele! I looked around and found some super cute kids’ ukuleles for only $30. They even fit the most important requirement: they had yellow for C-boo and pink for Kit-kat We bought a kids’ ukulele book and now we’re set to JAM!
But the music doesn’t stop there! The day before, I took the plunge and bought my very own guitar! The time had come to return my dear Sku’s spare guitar to her, and the local music store had most of their guitars on sale for 40% off! I nervously walked into unfamiliar territory and walked out with a beautiful 25-year old Fender acoustic guitar. The sound was soothing, and the size was perfect.
Now you can find us jamming and plucking away on our living room floor while the morning sunlight shines though the windows, or singing together on a bed:
It’s pretty great