Aug 4, 2010

Music! Music!

Just one of the many things I love about the boys' preschool is its rock solid music program. Fourty-five minutes of every single three- hour day is devoted to all things music. And it's not just singing and dancing. The boys shake, drum and use mallets on all these sorts of instruments, some of which I confess I can neither pronounce nor spell. Today, as an added treat, I got to sit-in and join the kids watch a mini concert by a multi-awarded, twenty-four year old pianist. Oliver Salonga, this wonder boy who is even more wonderful for agreeing to play for the kindergardeners, has been making beautiful music on the piano since he was seven. Do the math. Ahh-maz-ing.

Somewhere in the middle of his variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, a three-year old belted out her own little variation. Think My Way by the dreaded office mate who's had one too many on karaoke night. Amusing side show. After the first few keys from Beethoven, a little one shouted "I know that!" His Chopin piece brought the house down. Mak was overheard in between all the applause and the More! More! shouting "O-li-ver! O-li-ver!". Hmm... son, very classy but one day I shall teach you to say Bravo.

Waiting for the show to start. Do you see Tato?
Mak (in yellow) with classmates
Oliver Salonga working his magic
Answering questions from curious minds
Tonight, still inspired, there is some clanging and banging coming from the playroom. Tato is trying to revive an old battery-powered drum set he received some Christmases ago. Mak is looking for a tambourine he won as a prize in some birthday party. They are both screaming to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Ta-na-na-nan! Ta-na-na-nan! Music to my ears.


11 comments:

RONE said...

Nana, you're too slow. I heard all about it after lunch!

Nana said...

They're screaming the fifth symphony in your house too?! Good luck

Cely said...

Wow!!! I really LOVE that school!!!

Nana said...

Cely, I love it too! I went there in the '70's.

Barni said...

PMC music class is the reason I kept Alec there for so long. Was it already that sophisticated in the '70's?

Nana said...

My memory isn't as good as yours but I remember playing those instruments in the 70's that I couldn't even spell. Still can't spell them now and I'm 30-something.

Barni said...

Ha ha! Glockenspiel through me for a loop.

Strategic Stiletto said...

I'm telling you, Nana - there's a boy band in the making with these boys in the family.

Do they wear colors by classroom? Wondering why Tato and his crew are matching - and in our family reunion color at that!

Nana said...

At least they're more musically inclined than our generation!

Purple color coding for Tato's class only for that day since all the classes joined in and teacher probably wanted to keep an eye on her troop. Mak told me his was yellow but looks like every kid told his mom something else.

Marga said...

Oliver! My partners and I co-produced his concert at the psome months back. I was about to invite you and MacDaddy but you guys were in the US at that time. :)

Nana said...

Marga, Galing! Oliver left such an impression on Mak. He was great with the kids.