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I guess all of mine fall within this description. They all study musical instruments, taking private lessons, and three of them have long-standing involvement in choral programs.
Dd8: Plays violin. Currently working on her first Handel Sonata. Not counting her siblings she is the most advanced string student in our area under age 17. Makes it tricky to find her meaningful group/ensemble experience since she's really not at the same level as the older teens in terms of musical maturity or sight-reading ability. Not that she's developmentally deficient in either area, just that she's still so young. She would love to sing in a decent choir but there isn't anything appropriate in the region. She loves theatre too, but again, the options are scanty to none.
Dd12: Plays violin, gearing up for her first Mozart Concerto soon (A Major). Motivation is waning with the onset of full-time high school after a lifetime of unschooling. She plays in a trio with her brother and a 17-year-old friend. She also sings soprano and has joined the Corazón youth choir this year which is challenging her to new levels. She too enjoys theatre but suffers from the same lack of opportunity as her younger sister.
Ds15: Plays viola, currently working at an advanced level on the last movement of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, and the first movement of the Bloch Suite Hebraique. He is the most amazingly musical player, but averages about 10 minutes of practicing a day, so his technical progress is many times slower than it should be. He plays in a trio with his sister and a friend. He's also hired as a violist with a small semi-pro symphony a few hours from where we live and spends four or five long weekends there rehearsing and performing. He's also a baritone who sings in the Corazón youth choir. It's his third year in the program and he's a super strong anchor in his section.
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dd17 has a strong double gift: music and art. She spends most of her time drawing (both the old fashioned way and the "digital way") and exploring art. She's interested in writing graphic novels and has an idea she's in love with, but tells me she won't start until her drawing skills are more advanced. To this end she's explored "dual enrolling" in one or more courses at a nearby college, starting next semester. The art department chairman (who suggested this) is not sure how it works for homeschoolers, and we're not sure how it fits in the budget, etc. (because ds20 is a college student also)...but that's what we're thinking about now. She already plays in the mariachi ensemble (violin) and jazz ensemble (saxophone) and takes piano lessons there.
DD 13 plays violin and takes her music very seriously.
DD14 has put aside everything else in pursuit of theatre but has been broadening her exploration which I feel is healthy. She attends the performing and creative arts magnet as a musical theatre major. She accepted an executive position on the student board of a major regional theatre this year (she was just a regular member last year.) It affords more internship style opportunities in the production and business end of theatre. She took a paying job as a teacher's aide at her large youth theatre and a volunteer job as assistant director for our small district theatre program. She's still getting called in for professional auditions but there were only 2 roles for actual teen girls this season and both went to adults who can play young. Still, there is plenty to do. She's currently rehearsing a drama with a community theatre and a musical through school. She's creating her own directing opportunities and trying to move her little Shakespeare company into a bigger venue where more than just family can see it. I know she's been working on writing a play but she's not sharing that yet. Violin study has completely stopped but she does pull it out to play fiddle tunes with her grandparents once in awhile.
DS 10 is involved in the arts because he likes the kids who are there. He continues with piano but progress sort of saunters along but I have noticed a sharp increase in practicing the last couple months. He started the trumpet at school which I swear is purely social. He just wanted to be in band.... I think he could really care less about the actual trumpet (it was an instrument we already owned.) Theatre is sort of the same. He is naturally talented and was very successful on the professional circuit last last year and earlier this year but he told me this summer that he really just wants to do youth theatre with his friends. Sounds good to me. He just closed a musical that was the "most fun ever" and he's looking forward to auditioning for another next month. I don't know if he's really "artsy" in that I don't see a true passion in him for it. He just likes the people involved, it's something he's good at and gives him a lot of positive attention.
My 13-year-old son has been taking piano lessons for years and is currently learning the song 100 Years.
my 4 GT boys are 100% into math, science & technology...
my 5th child, DD1, draws & writes a ton...she goes through 30 or 40 pieces of paper a day, on average...I'm guessing she's going to be artsy!
DS 13 only participates in the arts if Lego counts as an art form!
For those with musicians--at what age did your child start playing?