As our son’s high school years come to an end this month, I am still trying to remember and document the moments and memories. Last month our school held a small-town music concert, featuring the junior high and high school choir and band. In order to be in music in our school, you give up a study hall. These kids fit in their practice times also before and after school.
This weekend, Hunter and his friend, David are singing a duet together at the State Music contest. David and Hunter find time to practice on Saturday nights, Sunday afternoons, before school and after sports practices. It takes a commitment to fit in music around other commitments and activities.
On Thursday this week will be Hunter’s last piano recital. He has not practiced too often. He probably didn’t live up to his “full potential” in music. But music instilled a lifelong gift.
Long after any sports he plays are done, we hope the gift of music continues with him. Playing piano, trumpet and singing.
Music matters. Anywhere, in any school, church, camp or program. I am thankful for the score of concerts and recitals Hunter has participated in not just that we watched him but to see so many other kids grow their skills and passion for music.
Small-town music concerts bring out the community. It is not only parents and family watching. It’s our neighbors and friends. The community supports our small-town music program.
Elizabeth and Anika’s elementary music concert is next week. Unlike the bigger schools I attended as a child, there is not a different music teacher teaching elementary, junior high, high school, band and choir.