Here in VA where we live they don't offer string orchestra which really broke my heart being a devout string player. Yes, I could teach it myself, but my kids really need a teacher other than mom. Plus I want them to have the opportunity to experience music in SCHOOL.
So, band it is. . . not that band is a bad thing. I was in band too, remember. So the more I ponder on my band memories, the more excited I'm getting about Cadence being in the band at school. We went to the parent info meeting & talked to the band teacher about instruments & started the decision making process.
Cadence is a lot like me. I never could handle being the girl that played the most obvious choices for instruments. . . violin, flute, clarinet. Nope, that just wasn't me. I opted for the unusual guys like the viola, bassoon, & vibraphone. (In the end I played well over 30, but I had my favorites for sure.)
Cadence wanted to be different. I jumped in on the possibility of the bassoon immediately. I love the bassoon & I play it well so I could help her. Nope. They don't allow bassoons at her school. They said maybe in high school, but not at this age as a starter instrument. Hmmmm. I asked the teacher about maybe allowing an oboe & her teacher jumped on it. She hadn't had an oboist in 15 years & LOVES oboe. Cadence got really excited at the thought of being the ONLY oboist in her entire school. SO, oboe it is.
Turns out, oboe is a perfect match for her. Double reed instruments are sometimes a lot more difficult to get air through for younger kids than other woodwind instruments so I didn't know how she'd do, but after 3 days she's already playing scales quite well. I'm very proud of her.
I can't wait to be your "Band Mom" Cadence. We are going to have a BLAST together.