Growing Lifelong Musicians at Bloom Music Studio
Does your child dance when they hear music, or sing all around the house? If I asked what your greatest wish is when it comes to music education for your child, what would you say? If your hope is to instill a love of music in your child, this post is for you.
Those of you who know me, know I’m pretty fond of my dogs. So much so, in fact, I decided to make them a part of my piano studio when I opened in January. Both of my dogs have been through various obedience and certification classes, but I want to make sure we continue to build on their current skills and manners. I recently signed Charlie up for pre-agility and off leash class, and last week was the first class. This first week’s class was just for the dog owner, and there we listened to information about the class and what we were supposed to work on that first week. Today I arrived at our first class together with Charlie, a bit unsure of whether I had trained the first skill correctly, but figured we would review and then go over it in class with the dogs.
As the trainer began talking this morning, I quickly realized I had almost completely dropped the ball on week one tasks. I asked a question to clarify what the homework had been. The trainer turned to me, and in front of the class, she said,
“It was on the sheet you got last week. Weren’t you here?”
The room was awkwardly silent, and I felt shame flood my body. I nodded and said that I must have misunderstood. Instead of pivoting, or meeting me where I was that day, she continued on …
“You were supposed to work on this skill over the week. Now you’re going to be behind”.
Friends, I am here to tell you Charlie is not going to be entered into any agility tournaments. I am not taking this class to professionally compete. I am taking this class to bond with my dog, continue her training, and do something I think she will love.
Why tell this story?
All-day long I’ve thought about how it felt to be publicly called out and embarrassed. I’ve thought a lot about my students and parents. How I want my students to feel coming to the studio. How I hope to meet them where they are that day. How I hope to celebrate not only what they learn or accomplish, but celebrate them as people. I have a five-year-old student who claps for himself every time he plays a song. Guess what? His mom or dad and I clap with him every time, too!
Bloom Music Studio is not a studio that focuses on piano competitions or rigid practice expectations. If you hope to instill a love of music in your child. If you love dogs as I do. If you want to find a positive, kind, and fun community, Bloom Music Studio would love to welcome and celebrate you.
And if you’re free this weekend, Charlie, Henry and I would love to meet you at the Des Moines Home and Garden show! Come see us at booth 934, Thursday through Sunday 3/25-3/28. You can catch us there meeting new friends, asking for belly rubs and hoping for treats.