H has always had an interest in music and playing an instrument, but when I’ve suggested lessons before, he has said no. This time the lessons were being offered at school and he was keen to take part. Sadly the school only offer a limited range of instruments. I guess this is to be expected as it’s a small school. He had a choice of lower strings (cello and double bass), upper strings (violin and viola) and keyboard.
Last term H’s class all got the chance to have a go at learning the cello and H was keen to continue with it. We did talk about keyboard as it seemed a good basis for learning music, if H did later go on to play the instrument of his choice (he’s been talking about playing the flute for a while now). The downside with the keyboard is that the school don’t provide one, so you have to buy one. I wouldn’t have a problem with this if he liked playing, but it doesn’t really give you the option to give something a go. The string instruments are provided by the school, which is a help, but the lessons are more expensive than for the keyboard.
H was worried that cello would be really popular and he said everyone was saying they wanted to do it. I don’t know what happened to all that enthusiasm because only 3 children in H’s class are learning the cello. H is very happy that he’s in a group with his best friend, who is also learning the cello. Since bringing home his pint-sized cello, H has been keen to practise and seems to be really enjoying himself. Long may it last!
It’s early days yet, so I don’t know if he will continue with learning the cello, or switch to the flute when he is a bit older. Either way he’s enjoying playing and learning music which is the main thing.