So I feel like this crazy music lady this past week. Not that I am gifted, but that I am just in the mood to talk about music or connect people in the Christian music world (because I just love doing that)!
With that being said, and since Music Monday passed and we are already at the end of the week, I thought I would share my craziness with the world! That’s right! You get to join me on this musical journey where there really is no end in site (and will probably show how much I really know about music, which isn’t that much). I can give a lot of hints on how to begin, though, right?! If it helps you and you find something interesting or intriguing, then praise God! Otherwise, just think of me as that crazy un-music lady!
(Note: I really have no expertise at all. My friends say I have a nice voice but, really, I am such an amateur and I just go, “wow, really?” because sometimes it really sounds terrible. Practice makes perfect, right? It is not the most comfortable, but I enjoy it.)
So let me introduce you to my carpenter husband.
He is a blessing to me and a constant inspiration for me to move farther, to push myself more, and to pray and figure out who God has created me to be. He doesn’t really say those things, but it’s what he is talking about in his own life right now, and sometimes I think when someone is doing something in their life that makes them grow, you want to grow too. Whether it be in the same area, or in another area, what we do can inspire others to also do. (Edith Schaeffer’s book The Hidden Art of Homemaking goes into this very concept!) What he is learning, what makes him want to grow, that makes you want to try yourself to grow, is what this whole website is all about! (Well, at least a little bit.)
But I am so blessed by him. My husband is amazing and yes, I am bragging! Sorry. I missed the link-up for saying great things about my husband I had seen a long time ago, so I may get a little overboard! I love that God has blessed him with being able to play instruments and, now, to help others on their path, even though he is still learning as well! Though each week he goes before our church and just tries to glorify God…
…with this journey that God is taking him on (and adding me to it), I get to see things being put into place like never before.
Like meeting new people who are musical minded, who do worship for a Tuesday night program at another church and just encouraged my husband to come and practice with them on Mondays. That was totally God’s hand! He prayed he could learn from someone or do music with people awhile before that, and found people who knew more than he did and it has helped to grow immensely! I can’t even tell you what an impact it has made in every area of our lives! And not only that, but God confirmed that this was the direction that he was suppose to go in…repeatedly!
What else happens?
I get involved with Tuesday nights and being able to sing with a bunch of other Christians, just praising God and learning dynamics. Carpentar begins to teach Engineer more on his guitar and Engineer and him play different things together.
Something I never thought he would try to do when we were first married, but God has grown in him: He started helping a teenager at our church practice playing guitar.
This is a huge step for him! Not that he doesn’t enjoy talking about playing music and about bands he likes. I have never questioned that he didn’t enjoy music. I am just in awe at my introverted husband just being moved in this area where he is getting out of his comfort zone and using the gifts God has given him for God’s glory!
So, as this all develops, another heart’s desire came up that he would like to also play with other people. So a man in our church offered him to come and play with him on a Friday evening. Then I started talking to a very dear friend who mentioned she wanted to learn guitar and have one of her oldest son also learn and is there a way our families could get together or help her start? I can’t explain how the timing couldn’t be better and to hear other Christians, who are musically inclined, to just want to sit down and play music or worship together is so beautiful.
I know more doors will open, but it has begun! Artsie and I want to learn more about piano playing, Artsie wants to learn the recorder, and I bet Monks would want to play the drums! I don’t know how well that would go, but our family is going in that direction.
So what resources will we use?
So far, Carpenter has favored Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method: Grade 1 (Grade 1) and Justin Guitar lessons in his everyday growth of music. He said Justin is really good in his teaching and if you are just learning, the beginner courses are great. We are hoping to donate in the future because Carpenter has learned so much from him! I may have Engineer work through his courses, too, but for now I will just have Daddy keep leading him in it, what do you think?
Since we have been going through all of this I have found blog posts (such as the Raventhreads review for a drum curriculum) and free piano lessons from Hoffman Academy. Can I say I am ecstatic and have realized this is the year we will finally be making music together?
DrumswithWillie and the Hoffman Academy look like great options and I am hoping we all will grow!
Not only that, but I started more music conversation in my homeschool co-op for next year planning because most of our homeschoolers need it. I mentioned recorder classes, music theory classes, etc, because wouldn’t it be amazing to see what our kids could do?
What are some of the sources I mentioned to them that might be neat resources to start with?
Keyboard Capers is a music theory lesson book for Pre-K to 6th grade and develops music theory and piano playing later. I have been eyeing it forever, and maybe this year will be the year I can possibly add it to my collection!
The New Nine-Note Recorder Method seems to be great for home or classroom usage and goes into the stories behind the songs as well as music theory.
Both look really interesting, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I eventually add it to my library.
There is so much more to share but my children need me and I hope this just gets your juices flowing to think in a direction you may never have before! Remember to think about the interests of your husband/family. You never know where the Lord will bring you! 🙂
Be inspired today!