Saturday, May 05, 2012

Middle School Orchestra Ambivalence


Isabel waves to her friends. She's a little embarrassed by the whole orchestra thing.  I keep saying she should be proud. Not many people can play a violin.

Getting serious now. There's work to be done.  

Oops, distracted. Focus, Izzy.

Everyone in position and waiting for their teacher/conductor to take her place. I have nothing but admiration and gratitude for middle school music teachers. They are like the monks who kept learning alive during the Dark Ages.

Watching intently. Starting to lose herself in the music...

There it is. Beautiful music out of angst-y middle schoolers. Success.  

Such concentration pays off. It's lovely.

Yo-Yo Ma would be proud. I certainly am. I am so hoping she stays with it.
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4 comments:

Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

Our middle school granddaughter is in orchestra too, plays the viola. She really enjoys it. Got a new school shirt that says "I'm an orcha-dork". Have to love it. One of her younger sisters is named Isabel!
Have a blessed day!
- Carolyn Dewey

karen gerstenberger said...

What a beautiful girl she is, and how wonderful that she is playing the violin. I love your image of middle-school music teachers as monks, keeping the arts alive. I imagine they feel a little bit like that, at times!

Anonymous said...

She is so cute, glad you got to be part of it! Jake is still
playing his ukulele and loving to sing. We aren't to proud of our grandchildren are we???? xoxo Sharon

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