Recently I've been reading a great book called "Start With Why" by Simon Sinek. This has led me to start thinking about Kindermusik and not just WHAT I do, but WHY I do it. I thought and thought about all the things that I love about music: it's fun, it makes me happy, it's a great conduit for education and then it happened...
Last week we had our first Summermusik Camp and I saw those sweet faces.
This little guy never smiles for a camera and often times doesn't want to try new things, especially when mom is away, but music gave him the confidence and joy to jump in and participate enthusiastically.
This little girl started out the week running to one corner of the room not sure of what to expect and a little shy. She was also adamant with mom that she would NOT be performing at the end of the week in front of all those people, yet she performed BEAUTIFULLY in front of the parents at the showcase.
At the end of one of the songs she yelled out in the middle of the performance, "I did it!" and kept repeating it over and over. Don't you LOVE those open mouth smiles. LOL. Music gave her a sense of pride in herself for overcoming her fear and allowed her to thrive!!
This is my favorite picture of all! This little girl speaks very little English. She struggled to understand directions at times and had a hard time keeping up with what we were doing because of her limited English. This was her smile at the end of the week!
Music is a universal language. Every child from every culture no matter their fears, insecurities, or their background can speak the language.
THIS is what I do! I don't just teach music, I teach CONFIDENCE! Every child that week was given confidence in some way or another and music was our language.
Music was what shined a light in all their hearts and their smiles shone a light in mine.
Thank you to all the parents this past week for giving me the joy of your children. I will never forget the lessons they have taught me. Also, thank you to Jessica Duncan for your amazing work with each of these lovely children! You are an amazing teacher! I'm so glad that I get to work with you! I can't wait for our next Summermusik Camp coming up August 7th-11th!
Ms. Leah grew up in Asheville, NC and was exposed to music at an early age. She played violin and then grew to enjoy participating in high school and church choral and drama programs.