In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker interview classical violinist and violin teacher, Terri Moon. We were both inspired by Terri's stories of how she became interested in music and how she shared this passion with others.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent.” — Victor Hugo
Here are a few more thoughts from Terri Moon.
A love for music is an amazing gift you can give your child, a gift that will last a lifetime! Classical music is like a palace you are inviting your child into, one with many different rooms. Whether you find old favorites, or discover new places, you and your children will make memories together. Music is also the confluence of art, literature, and history because it reveals the culture of the time and place in which it was written.
It might be helpful to know that most music can be divided into two categories — music that tells a story or paints a picture (called ‘program music’) and music that stands alone (called ‘absolute music’). As an entryway into classical music, you might find it easiest to start with ‘program music’ because you can easily tie it to a story. The musical examples I suggested are all ‘program music’ except the ones by Mozart, Haydn, and Bach -- those are ‘absolute’ music examples. However, once you begin the journey you will discover the ways that ‘absolute’ music touches your soul and creates feelings, images, and stories that are unique for each listener.
Most of all, don’t feel that you have to understand everything about classical music in order to listen. Just let it speak to you, and share the experience of enjoying wonderful music with your child!
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Activities to explore with your child:
1. Choose any of the pieces suggested (below in the show notes), and while listening together, have your child describe the feelings that he/she thinks of.
2. Draw a picture while listening to the music.
3. Write a story or a poem inspired by the music.
4. Attend a concert together. Check websites for symphonies, colleges, and churches in your area that might offer student discounts or free concerts.
5. Learn to play an instrument!