Carmen's Composition

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Your Family's Music Traditions Matter.

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

The New York City Ballet, 1993



In this season, know that your family's music traditions matter.


Looking back at some of my favorite musical memories as a child, I immediately go to the times where my mother took me to see The Nutcracker at the Paramount Theater in Aurora.  It was something we both looked forward to every year- our own special tradition that I could count on whenever the snow began to fall.

I truly believe that it was these special moments of togetherness with my family where music really began to become significant to me.  Music is meant to be a shared experience.  When it's shared with the ones we love, the value that is associated with it is irreplaceable and can't be matched.

Being exposed to such high quality musical works as Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker as a child really stirred something deep down inside of me.  The captivating combination of music, dance, visual art, and theater triggered my imagination.  The music was so well written...so invigorating...that it needed to be explored.  Being a young boy who loved to build forts, go exploring "behind the railroad tracks", and make intricate stories with legos, the unexplored territory of the music I heard was intriguing.  Music was it's own field with treasure lying all round that needed to be discovered.  Who would walk past a field- knowing their was hidden treasure lying within its boundaries- without exploring it?  That seems like nonsense!  This is it how it feels for me. Who knew that my early years of exposure to music and the valuable family traditions would stir a curiosity that would lead me to be an explorer, a lover, and teacher of music?

Don't underestimate the value of your family time, music traditions, and the "simple things" you do together.  You're building wonder, value, and artistic curiosity in the heart of your child.  This is one of the best gifts you can give!  We need a generation of dreamers and creators- people who have eyes to see the beauty around them, and recreate the beauty music when times aren't so beautiful.

I hope your winter break is amazing and filled with much love and music.  Please don't hesitate to share your musical traditions with me through email to ryan_henry@ipsd.org.

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