Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gone crazy with his music!

Hunter was crazily excited today when he watched his new bit time video which had some new notes on it for him to learn - those of the fifth octave of the piano.

I'm not quite sure why this particular batch of notes brought about such excitement, but he sure was excited! He carefully watched each written note (which was accompanied by the corresponding sound of that note being played on the piano) and then when that section was over he jumped off my lap and went over to play the piano - he didn't even want to see the rest of his video!

He played, one by one, notes on the piano quizzing me - "Which note is this Mommy?" I was so excited that he was playing this way because for a long time he would just turn on the sound effects rather than actually playing.

After about three minutes on the piano he got out his guitar and carefully strummed each string, and played that for about five minutes.

I guess that the music is paying off! I'm so excited to be seeing results from him learning perfect pitch, note-reading, and classical music and rhythm.

Speaking of rhythm, earlier today while I was folding laundry I was singing a little tune, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be..." which has a very simple beat. He was sitting on the floor close by and started tapping a stick on the floor and said, "Look Mommy I'm making the song!" He indeed was tapping in perfect rhythm to the song. That was the first time he had done that, and I was thrilled! For a while it seemed like he was "rhythm deficient" because he just didn't quite "get it", but listening to his classical music and doing "rhythm time" (marching around with drums, tambourines, sticks, etc. to upbeat classical music) has paid off.

To say the least, I am very glad that he is becoming so excited about his music. I just can't wait to see what lies ahead.

"I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee."
Psalm 144:9

Hunter is 3 years, 6 months old 

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