Music Blog Post #3: Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

In this intensely digital age, and with my tendency to stay too busy, I’m finding it takes intentionality and humble determination to let Christ’s words dwell in me richly. Our minds can so easily get filled with the bubble-gum frosted cake of entertainment and distraction, or get crowded with enough routines to make an Olympic gymnast collapse to the ground.

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I must create space in my mind to receive nourishment from God and time in my day to practice turning God’s food into my motivation, direction, and joy. This is my strength- to be in His presence, know more of Him and His ways and wisdom, then to walk with Him through the day with power to endure, to rejoice, even to extend His grace and healing love to others.

 

Only when filled and fueled by His words, received as a child wanting to be like her Dad, can I teach or encourage anyone in wisdom, with a song of joy and thankfulness in my heart. On my own, I certainly cannot.

Oh Suzannah Bake Sale +…

I was thinking of ways to involve my current students in the Oh Suzannah sponsorship program and a bake sale was my first instinct! I’m making it a bake sale +…so they can try to sell their art or anything else they’ve made! Items would need to be pre-wrapped in individual portions so we can set them on a table outside when we have a salesperson handy.

When the weather gets cooler, I will make sure hot drinks are for sale too!

Any unsold baked goods will be purchased for families in need before they lose their freshness.

Some tips to get your kids excited to share the gift of music with kids who would love to have it, but can’t afford it: take time to get familiar with the infographics I’ve posted under the blog “Why Music Lessons are Awesome!” Decide which one would make the most sense to your kid and help them imagine how helpful and special this could be to kids who have been hurt or neglected or whose family is having a hard time.

I will send out an update at the end of each month how much money we’ve raised towards sponsoring kids for lessons! I’m excited to build new friendships and new excitement in my students through the sponsorship program. Think of how cool it would be for your kid to watch another kid at our Christmas recital knowing they helped provide them the chance to take music lessons!

Valley View Concert Series

I am so excited to go back to Valley View nursing home with my music students and their families this fall! It is such a treat for the residents there to see and hear young people playing and singing. This is a great experience to share with your kids- several families traveled an hour each way last year to join in this opportunity to serve and I heard such great feedback from employees and residents…it was a true encouragement. I hope each family can plan toward coming at least once during October or November on a first or third Saturday between 1-3 p.m. 

Students can play or sing one song or more if they are up to it! I also love it when students come just to watch and meet the residents. A performance-shy student will warm up to playing for others with less pressure surrounding the situation! This is great performance practice!

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Mallori playing for Valley View residents