My review of Life Itself, the feature documentary directed by Steve James (premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2014) published in FilmOA Magazine:
“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” –Albert Einstein
This month, I am Alive Thanks to Aristides de Sousa Mendes will be done. I am one of the associate producers. Keep your eyes open for it!
In February 2015, I will have another article published in the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal 2015 titled, “Creating a Writing Community: Fostering Multiculturalism in the Gifted High School Creative Writing Classroom.”
Previously, I had an article published in the IAGC Journal 2013 titled, “”Go Forth, Children and Make Music! Tips for Parents of Gifted and Talented Children in Music.”
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
Here is a fantastic piece on taking the time to listen and value our children’s dreams and goals…it is so important, now more than ever…thank you, Laura Lamere for this great post!
It’s not always easy to be supportive.
We are cranky in the morning, afternoon, or evening.
We see the chores that need to be done, appointments that need to be made,
And we focus on what hasn’t been done.
We are hungry, thirsty, tired.
We feel overwhelmed, frustrated and unloved.
We are only human.
But we are also parents.
We need to make time for our children’s dreams.
We need to give support when support is not easy to give.
Being supportive begins with listening.
When our children express interest in the arts, they are sharing a vulnerable side that takes courage to show us.
Find the courage to support them.
(“I’ve got to tell you what I feel” is a line from the movie, The Dead Poet’s Society. Video borrowed from YouTube.)
Just a few quick thoughts – –
It may sound like a cliche, but music is life. At least in this house it is. I am a professional violinist who began singing and playing music to my daughter from the moment of her birth. Of course, she heard music all along in the womb, too! Lots of parents looked at me strangely when they saw me bring a two-week old (yes, that’s right -two weeks old!) to a Kindermusik class which she participated in until she was three. My daughter then began taking piano and violin at the age of 3 1/2.
This past weekend, my daughter performed in her first major public recital. As she played her violin, I was reminded, once again, why I am having her play music and learn the violin – this instrument of both intense complexity and, most importantly, of particular and profound beauty.
Here are the ten reasons why:
1. Discipline and perseverance.
2. Increase math and science ability as well as develop increased analytical skills, critical thinking, and spatial I.Q.
3. Greater self-esteem and empowerment.
4. Greater coordination, relaxation, posture, and breathing.
5. Performing becomes easier. Increased ability to do public speaking.
6. To learn to work well in groups.
8. Learn the joys and benefits of having a mentor.
9. To develop a love of music and the arts.
10. To develop a beautiful spirit and inner peace.
As my daughter took her bow at the end of her piece, I became certain, all over again, that if my daughter is going to succeed in life, music will help her. Music will offer her hope, provide escape from the daily grind, and it will give her a voice, a view, and a forum upon which to build her life and leave something of herself for the next generation. Most of all, music is just fun! Have a great tiime, and play on, my child.