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Friday, May 2, 2014

What Music Means to Me

It's ironic that I choose to write this post on the day of one of my Wolfgang Orchestra concerts but that's just how it worked out. I come from a very musical family. My great-grandmother taught piano and played organ in church, my grandmother was a concertmaster violinist and my uncle is a jazz drummer. This doesn't include my relatives that played an instrument in school, such as my cousins and my mother. I have been involved in music since before I was born really.

My kindergarten piano recital. 

I started piano in kindergarten, was in choir starting in first grade through middle school, started the clarinet in second grade, taught myself flute and saxophone in seventh grade and then bassoon as a sophomore in high school.

Jammin' on my tenor saxophone with Friday Jazz Band in 8th grade.

I played clarinet, flute and saxophone throughout college and continue to play my clarinet to this day in a community orchestra. I say this to my husband, who isn't the least bit musically inclined, all the time - that it blows my mind when someone looks at a piece of music and just sees dots and lines. I have known how to read music since I was five years old. Five. That's twenty-seven years. It's a part of my being, my soul. When I go through periods of not playing, I miss it terribly and always come back because I cannot imagine my life without music in it. 

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15 comments:

  1. Isn't it wonderful when something just becomes a part of you? That is how I feel about Theatre. Even though I haven't performed in a long time, it is still there!

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  2. I absolutely love the photo of you at the piano! SO sweet! Music is such a blessing and I am so grateful it is such a big part of my lives. I am excited to see musical talents develop in our children too <3

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  3. I feel the same way! But it also makes me a little sad. My first year of my Masters, we all had to go around and talk about how we came to be music therapists and every single person in my class had some really touching story about how their family was so musical and were ecstatic when they chose music as a profession, etc. And then there was my story...lol.

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  4. Me too. We wanted to put Ewan in Kindermusik this summer because he loves anything musical, but with how our work schedules are looking, it's probably not going to be possible.

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  5. I played clarinet for 4 years. good for you for still doing it!

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  6. We seriously have so much in common it's scary sometimes :-)

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  7. :( I'm so sorry your family hasn't been that supportive of you musically. But, you're instilling music in your children which is something wonderful to do. So many people out there don't get it.

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  8. I played the violin before I was able to speak English fluently. I share your love of music as I feel that it is a language in of itself. I get lost in it. I resonate with it. It's the therapy that the universe offers. It's a universal language. Great topic!

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  9. I took piano for 3 years and had such a hard time with coordination and timing. My other three sisters can play better than me, with the youngest majoring in college in it. She could play by ear, arranges music, can play the clarinet and organ and violin a little. I am glad my mom made me take it for 3 years as I can read music (treble cleft better) which helps me with my girls that I make take piano and I can sing parts.

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  10. I played the cello in the orchestra from elementary school until high school. I love that it taught me how to be patient and take care of something so young, I hope my children love music as much as I do.

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  11. I'm so jealous! One of my biggest regrets to this day was that I stopped playing the flute after 2 years. I would have loved to have learned other instruments including the piano as well!

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  12. Oh, with the piano and clarinet, I hated it at first. Something just clicked after awhile and I loved it and wanted to practice. When I was in middle school, my mom would actually ask me to stop haha.

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  13. I can play the piano, but it takes me awhile to sit down and work it out. Some people just have the touch with it I think, and I am definitely not one of them.

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  14. I played the recorder at school, and even passed exams in it. I used to play the trumpet too.


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  15. I played the alto recorder in elementary school for a bit. Even had a solo in the school play!

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