My Favorite Musician: My Daughter, the Clarinet Player

Saturday, June 8, 2013
I never learned to play a musical instrument.

Wait. That's not entirely true. I taught myself how to play an electric organ when I was younger. I was able to play "Silver Bells".

I never had an interest, and my parents never encouraged me to learn to read music or play an instrument. One of the few regrets I have. But it's never too late...

The Hubs and I were thrilled when Emma wanted to join the 5th grade band and play the clarinet. Last July, she spent 3 weeks practicing for an hour each morning with the rest of the band members. After the 3 weeks, they put on a performance to illustrate what they learned in those 3 weeks.

In the winter there was another concert, and a few weeks ago, the band performed one last time in the spring performance. What a commendable performance it was. They rocked it. The crowd favorite was definitely The Beatles' "Hey, Jude".

I thought I'd share a few pictures of my favorite musician performing in the spring concert.

Playing a musical instrument requires discipline and utter concentration. In addition to 3 early morning practices each week that began at 7:20 am, Emma practiced at home and had a private lesson once per week.

We couldn't be prouder of our favorite musician. It wasn't always an easy road, but it was worth it.

Does your child play an instrument? Did you play an instrument? Do you still? Please comment below and share. Thanks! :)

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