Kids' Workout

Year End’s Music Recital

Indonesia Young Musician Performance 2017. It has been what my kids keep looking forward to in every other year. Yes, it’s a joint music concert for kids who are in beginner phase of learning music. A place for them to show their talent playing piano, violin, or cielo –instruments most played in such a music event. Initiated and arranged by Staccato, a music magazine, this concert has been expected by every participant from all over Indonesia since it’s held in marathon series which take place in many big cities in Indonesia consecutively, including my hometown, Surabaya.

And my kids participated in this event for the second time from the first one held in the end of 2015. Specially for Rasha, my eldest daughter. For Attar, my youngest son, it was his first participation in this event. Rasha played Canon in D composed by Johann Pachelbel, my favorite piece of art! I longed for Rasha playing this composition for me from the first time she initially started learning piano, three years ago. And she finally made it up for me now. What about Attar? He got along with CanCan Dance, wrapped in a simple arrangement that suited for his beginner skill.

GOING MATURE: Rasha with Canon in D
BEGINNER’S GUTS: Attar playing CanCan Dance
THINK THANK: Kids with their beautiful and smart piano teacher, Shasa

The concert had gone through all the way, and all performers had done their job well. However, here I would like to underline some good points we could pick up from such an activity, in developing our kids’ character.

Self-confidence. Thank God my two kids have succeeded in getting rid of the fear in public at very early age. Each event, non competitive recital, participation in competition had shaped them persons with guts. What about nervousness? They had it, but they did away with it right away.

Growing and growing responsibility. With the definitive schedule for performance, kids learn to raise a responsibility to make it in a good shape when the day comes. They would have to learn to manage time for school, play, and practice as well. Not just a responsibility, but a sustainable one.

Practice-makes-perfect awareness. This one could be the hardest thing for kids, but it’s a good chance to make it up. As responsibility has been planted in their brains, they will understand that a satisfactory performance can only be reached by habitual rehearsals.

At the same time, I am learning this character building from my kids.

A husband. A dad. A bank worker. Loves to share in writing about the art of being a dad for the kids.


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