On a Different Note

Today is Wednesday, which is music lesson day. I find myself sitting in the lobby of the Allegro School of Music here in Buda listening to Mona play the piano through the wall behind me. She is playing “Misty” so beautifully. I can also hear faintly down the hall, Georgia plucking at her make-shift left-handed guitar and hitting each note so perfectly. I am always amazed at her perseverance through her “hand” icap and how awesome and patient her teacher, Memorie Schultz is. Jackson is sitting beside me drawing with crayons as he waits patiently for his guitar lesson.

We love the Allegro School of Music. One, because its only a few blocks from our house. Second, all the teachers that have taught our children have been great.We have been with the school since Jonathan Jameson (keyboardist for the Derailers) and his wife Gina took over the place from Terry Capps (Mona’s very first teacher).

Mona has participated in Rock Camp with Thomas Mann for the past two summers and really enjoyed the experience. She enjoyed playing in a group, composing, recording and playing live. We are looking into expanding this experience by enrolling her in Band Aid as well as her lessons here at Allegro. She really likes her current teacher, Jordan Hemphill. Band Aid is a music school in Austin, taught by local musicians specifically focusing on group and live play. More about this as it transpires. Apparently they are going to build a band around Mona and a female singer.

Jackson is in his lesson now. I’m told he is really good at sight reading and is progressing really well. Louis may be ready to jump on the bandwagon and begin lessons himself. He has Ukelele that we bought for him that he loves to strum.

It fills me with joy that my kids are being taught music by others that enjoy teaching them. My part in all this is constant encouragement and subjecting them to all types of music. Oh, and passing on my own knowledge of musical history.

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