Monday, May 23, 2011

Rockin' Recorder Program

A few months ago, Sariah came to me after school and said she needed money because they were starting to learn how to play the recorder. Her music teacher informed them that if they didn't have one they would have the option of buying one. A recorder is a woodwind instrument and is similar to a flute. Well, I offered to take her out to look for one but she was quite sure that she only wanted the one that her school was selling. Ü Sariah played the recorder every single day after school and I must admit there were several times where I had to shew her into her room to play because of the "noise". Ü It wasn't until a few weeks later that I realized how much she had learned and how I could recognize some of the songs she was playing! This weekend we attended their Rockin' Recorder Program at school. We are always excited to attend Sariah's activities, field trips and performances at school...but we were especially excited for this one having never attending a recorder program before. When we arrived all of the 4th grade classes were seated on stage and ready to perform. Can I just tell you how completely amazed we were!? They sounded incredible! I had purchased recorders for the girls in the past and had only taken them as musical toys but I was mistaken. They children even played some of their songs in harmony! They played over 10 different songs with some of the children having short speaking parts in between to introduce the next song. Sariah had a part too. My favorite classical piece is Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel and you can imagine how excited I was to discover that it would be their finale number. The kids did an outstanding job. After the performance the kids presented hardcover book projects they had been working on to their parents. Sariah's clever book as called "Arthur Itis". The characters in her book had names similar to those of ailments and we were proud of the creativity she displayed in her story. Great job Sariah! Ü