"Parents must know there's far more to band than buying an instrument, taking private lessons, adding music class to the school schedule, and rehearsing for a concert. Being a musician maps the human mind for success; success in all avenues of life....MUSIC CREATES SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE."
— Tim Lautzenheiser
There was a big change for us this week in the Twittersphere! We changed our Twitter username from @AMParents_ to @MusicParents. Not only is the new name less awkward, but also much more intuitive. With the change, we're hoping that more of the people who might find our tweets valuable will be able to find us more easily.
If you were already following us on Twitter (as of Sunday morning), there's nothing you need to do, and you probably already saw the tweets announcing the change. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, simply click through to http://twitter.com/MusicParents. If you don't already have a Twitter account, it's very easy to set one up to "listen in," even if you're not interested in actively tweeting yourself. Just go to http://twitter.com and follow the prompts; it's very simple.
The fifth-graders at Hillcrest Intermediate School in North Huntingdon (PA) put on a musical every year. It's a great way to break the ice socially, to foster the love of the arts, and teach a few lessons about performance and about life. Read more about the fifth-grade production of Beauty and the Beast here.
Photo credit: Christin J. Slatt
Family support is so important, and fifth-grader Keeghan Murray has that in spades. "He was nervous at the audition, but was brave and I guess that worked out for him! He is a confident kid and this just motivates him even more."
He's not the only one in his family with talent, either. His mom, Jodi Murray says, "Keeghan's older siblings are all involved in musicals, choir, show choir and dancing--especially Irish step dancing--and they also play guitar."