Thursday, October 2, 2014

Portia's still playing her cello

I love how Portia's cello teacher plays with her during lessons so one day I recorded them playing out of her note-reading book. It's a simple song but she's learning how to play with others.

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And here she is playing with the other cellists during Cello Day at UVU this fall.


Since I've started working, Eric and I have both been working with Portia on her cello practice. I take about 20 minutes before school and work, practicing new Suzuki pieces and scales. She's finishing up Book 3 soon.  Eric does note-reading and Suzuki review with Portia when she gets home from school. Practice is not always easy but I think she knows we're spending the time with her doing it for her own good. Here is one of our not-so-good days but I thought it was kind of beautiful the way Portia's tear is running down the cello. She was probably arguing with me when I was making her re-do something she didn't play quite right. Am I crazy to spend so much time on this? Probably, but she really is learning a ton and progressing so fast!