This morning I had a little pre-orchestra going upstairs. The Girl is on Day Two of ukulele lessons; the younger Boy is on Day Two of trumpet lessons, and the oldest Boy has been perfecting (and I use that word loosely) his pitch on violin. It sounded like a zoo in Hawaii in my house today!
I was able to capture a bit of stealth video before they realized the camera was rolling. (I can't get the video embedded right now, so you'll have to click the link to see it.) I plan to fully enjoy the fullness of this video, justifying it by saying that they'll enjoy seeing it years down the road. I think the boys will enjoy seeing that they were obsessed with Star Wars at this age.
The girl was getting frustrated that she couldn't play a certain chord. She had just learned it and 30 seconds later couldn't play it. I wouldn't say that tenacity is her strongest character trait. She came to me and said, "I want to learn the violin instead of the ukulele."
"No. The violin will be harder. Don't give up on the ukulele yet."
"Well then I want to learn the trumpet."
"Trombone? Then I can go *insert slide playing motion by frantic 9-year-old*"
"Uh, no. Don't give up. You can get it. You just have to keep trying. I still have a hard time with lots chords on the guitar."
Three minutes later she was playing the problem-chord.
It's a music day today. I have to laugh at the exuberance with which they are making noise ("pre-music.") In another hour or so we'll head off to meet with other homeschoolers for group learning.
This is my kind of day.