It has been a while since I have posted anything about my aspiring trumpet player. He begged for a trumpet for most of his fourth year of life after seeing on in the music store. Assuming the age appropriate response of his parents would be to give him a toy trumpet, that is exactly what he got for his 4th Christmas. Insulted that it wasn't the real thing, he kept on his mission to have a real one. Mind you there are no brass players in our family or extended family. His older sisters were taking piano lessons and had just begun violin, but my husband and I are NOT musicians.
For his fifth birthday, we bought a cheap trumpet assuming it would become an expensive toy. What a lesson in learning from you children the past year has been!! Within 2 weeks he had mastered a song and within a month was begging for a teacher. We found a teacher, met with a DSO trumpet player as well as a UNT trumpet professor. The general consensus was that he needed a cornet and by fall he was the proud five year old owner of not only a trumpet but also a used cornet. He also began piano lessons (at his request) because he was in a hurry to learn to read music.
Well, now he can read music, at least most of the treble clef, still working on bass clef. Now he is sitting at the piano and amazing us with what he is playing by ear and composing on his own. Now he is absolutely determined to learn to play Canon in D on his trumpet. Honestly, would you believe me that the child (just turned six the end of May) was so excited that I bought him new trumpet books this week that you would have thought I bought him a new video game!
We have kept the past year fun, not pressured him a bit and just let him lead the way. His teacher has been there to keep him from forming bad habits and help him, but has not pushed him at all. She also pretty much lets him have free reign on what he wants to play.
I wasn't sure if I should post his latest video now or wait until he has actually worked on the song for more than a day. This was taken less than 24 hours after we bought the new book that much to his delight had the music for Canon in D:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8guvp8f45G8]YouTube - Canon in D[/ame]
If you are interested in seeing more or the little piano clips we have been recording, there is getting to be quite the list under our username. When proud grandparents, who I believe are source of our kids musical genes, live in different states, we have to do our part to keep them up to date on the kids!!
Raising musical children but not being musicians ourselves leaves me rather insecure as to how to do this and keep the kids loving it. If anyone has insight on how your parents helped you as a child or esp. about practicing and how much of a bad guy vs. be relaxed I should be, it would be helpful. I tend toward being too laid back with them, I think as a result of how much I hated to practice and therefore completely gave up playing any instruments when I was a kid.