Last week was what I call “recitals week.” Thus, the lack of any blogging. My time and attention were spent focusing on the details of preparing for 40 plus Little Flock students to show off their musical accomplishments at three separate recital events. Eleven instructors teach seven different instruments and voice at Little Flock Academy of Arts, and they work hard to prepare their students for moments like this.
As it so happened this year, my home students had their spring recital on Saturday afternoon, after all of Little Flock’s recitals were completed. “Busy” was the word for the week.
My heart pumped fast while the adrenalin flowed unrelenting. There were lists to check and duties to accomplish, things that can only be completed the very week before. My days went by fast and furious. A good night’s rest was required when I could get it. And I tried to give myself that necessity.
I am one of the fortunate few who gets to show off my work on a regular basis. Recitals are such times.
However, my part in recitals is not to be compared to the hard work done by the other instructors and the at-home-work the students do daily that can only be called what it is – practice. The 30 minutes shared by instructor and student is only a portion of the picture. What is done after the music lesson, at home, is what shows on stage during the performance.
Getting to share the excitement of each students’ accomplishments is the reward of recitals.
I noticed so many times this weekend, how a student looked to his/her instructor when the performance had ended. It was a look of “Did I do it well? Are you proud of me?” I realized how much influence an instructor holds on a young life. An instructor significantly impacts each student they teach, not only musically but in areas of work ethic, integrity, and self-esteem. I am proud to work with the group of instructors at the Academy of Arts. They are a cut above the average. They take their role seriously to impart their own love of music as well as to encourage students to be the best they can be.
Sometimes a child just needs someone to believe in him. An instructor can be that person who makes a difference in a life.
Recitals week is hard work, intense concentration, and wearying on my body. At the same time it is one of my favorite times of the year. Seeing and hearing a student accomplish a new technique, move to another level, finally get that rhythm correctly is a kind of joy that is hard to describe.
I count myself blessed to be part of the beauty of sharing music with my own students. Along with that is the joy of being part of the Academy of Arts and working with such dedicated instructors who share my passion for music and for passing it along to the next generation.
As one of my sweet young students said last year, “Music is for life.” And I could not agree more.
“Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre, sing praises to Him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud and joyful sound.” Psalm 33:2-3
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