Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Music and Shakespeare

Last year, yes a whole year ago, my youngest son was a senior in high school.  He had a really wonderful opportunity to spread his wings and compose his own music for a local homeschool theatre group's Shakespeare performance.  He did an incredible job.  I was so proud of him for taking this on.  He has really always enjoyed composing his own piano pieces and his piano teacher encouraged this passion that he had even in his early years of playing piano.  Although he hadn't been taking lessons for a year or so, he continued to practice and compose several hours each day.

Much Ado About Nothing, was a two hour play with integrated music, singing and dancing.  All of which needed a composer and musician.  My son Matthew was asked by the show's director if he would be willing to compose his own music for their show.  He wasn't sure about it since he had never done anything like that before.   So he took it on, and it was a wonderful success.  He received many compliments about his music.

Setting aside the time to be involved in the production was a little tricky.  At first it was only once a week for a few months.  But as the performance days drew near the rehearsals were nearly every day for several hours a day.  Thankfully there were not many conflicts in his schedule and he was able to set the time aside.  Being flexible is key, if you are going to take on big commitments like theatre.  We knew this from our own experience of running a student theatre for four years.

It was a great way to end his homeschooling years.  I was thrilled that after five years of piano lessons and devotion to practice, that he could use his talents in this capacity.  It was the icing on the cake of our homeschooling.  I wasn't sure how we would complete our homeschool years.  But the Lord knew!  I had prayed our homeschooling years would end on a good note.  And they literally did!  The Lord has blessed our 17 years of homeschooling greatly.

Happy Homeschooling