Thursday, April 03, 2008

Wordy Wednesday

cellocontrastI took this picture of Sophie in January of 2006 when she began taking Suzuki cello lessons. She posed with my full size cello and her 1/8th size cello.

Sophie took lessons for a year and progressed quickly through the first Suzuki book ~ a little too quickly for my taste. I had a nagging sense that catching up to the other kids her age in the Suzuki group took precedence over a solid foundation in technique.

When I got sick last year, cello lessons ceased for a time. When I felt up to adding activities back in to our schedule, Sophie seemed to have lost interest in cello. However, in recent months, she began expressing interest in starting lessons again.

Last week, James and I traded in Sophie's cello for a 1/4 size instrument, and I took Sophie to her first lesson with a new teacher. We both had a good first impression of the teacher.

Hopefully Sophie is off to a more solid start!

15 comments:

Lorna said...

I can understand your concerns. We have tried two violin teachers: one teacher's students made no progress year after year - they always played the same pieces for the end of term concert. Their next teacher would cancel one out of three lessons by text message - often only ten minutes before the lesson. She texted us to say one day that there would be no more lessons. This is a teacher who was extremely strict with the children.
I hope, when we are settled after travelling, that we can find a good teacher this time round.
Beautiful photo!

Jenny in Ca said...

oh wow, the cello is such a beautiful, mellow sounding instrument! Our neighbor plays, and we love listening in on a warm evening with our windows open. My oldest dd plays the violin.

great photo, happy WW!

Paige said...

what a precious picture

Lisa said...

What a sweet little face between those two instruments! Good luck to her with her lessons.

Paula said...

That reminds me of mother/daughter dresses, very cute shot!

LisaWA said...

They are so big compared to her! I wish my kids would have stuck with violin! My girls played for 1 year... also Suzuki method... RyLee was 4 and Christian was about 8 I think...

Maybe you can let us here you sometime?? Maybe a duet?? *Ü*

Happy WW~

Kat said...

That is what I need to change my worldess wednesday titles to...wordy!

cellista said...

No way! I didn't know you played the cello!! So do I, we need to talk :)

Great picture, btw.

The Ridge School said...

I love the Cello. I wish one of mine wanted to learn.

Cheers,
Jenny in atl

Mom2legomaniacs said...

That is a lovely picture! She's so cute.

melissa

Angela said...

That is a great picture. I wish I could play an instrunment what a awesome gift!

Holly said...

Hey Meliss, thanks for saying hello! I love the picture as well! What precious sweeties you have! :)

lynardlynard said...

Somehow the instrument that "took" in my house was the electric guitar with a huge amp. My fender for a cello...

:-)

|||||| lynard

Dell said...

We struggle with having the teacher go slow enough to really get enough attention to detail for my tastes too. (Compounded by my lack of musical ability to fine tune the details at home).

Three chers for a great first lesson with a new teacher, and getting back to basics!

And such a lovely picture! Sophie makes me smile, so sparkling with personality! The Cellos are lovely too!

Meliss said...

Hi Dell

I'm glad that I'm not the only one who wants "slow and steady!"