The Violin and Ice Hockey and St. Patrick’s Day

Tonight, St. Patrick’s Day, the Boston Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightening.  Two great ice hockey teams.  The National Anthem always introduces the game with a variety of singers.  Not tonight.  Two musicians played “The Star Spangled Banner” – a violinist, backed up by a guitar player.  No voices.  No singing.  Just the pure sound of every note on the violin.  It washed away all of the fluff, the extras that often accompany this song.  There was only music.

It was powerful.  Music does that.  A single instrument, like a violin, can often convey more feelings and understanding than a full orchestra or chorus.

The power of one.

The violin and music reminded me of Pa in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books – Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie.  I always read these books aloud in my classroom.  Pa played the fiddle.  Many of Laura’s stories are about Pa and his fiddle.  His singular notes conveyed to Laura much the same as the violinist I heard tonight.  Simple notes that held a deeper meaning.

I’m introducing children to these sounds and classical music next week.  We are beginning to paint in earnest for out art show.  Music inspires art.  I see this every year.

Jennie

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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44 Responses to The Violin and Ice Hockey and St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Yesssss! Bring it on – and kudos to the hockey league for offering up a variety of anthem renditions to the general public who probably think they don’t like ‘classical’ type music…heh-heh!
    What’s on the program for your kiddos listening pleasure/inspiration this week?

  2. reocochran says:

    I really like how you try to expand your students’ minds and you embraced this violin playing the National Anthem. You’re simply wonderful, Jennie.
    I liked Peter and the Wolf orchestra piece when I would have my sixth graders do art projects. I think my version was with Leonard Bernstein directing.
    My 13 year old grandson plays the bass (cello) and is quite entertaining now that he has a few years under his belt. 🎻 🎼

    • Jennie says:

      This was in my spam box, Robin. So sorry. I haven’t played Peter and the Wolf in ages. I need to do that again! Wonderful that your grandson plays the cello! I’m so glad you enjoyed this.

  3. reocochran says:

    🌈 Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Jennie! ☘️ 💚
    I really like how you try to expand your students’ minds and you embraced this violin playing the National Anthem. You’re simply wonderful, Jennie.
    I liked Peter and the Wolf orchestra piece when I would have my sixth graders do art projects. I think my version was with Leonard Bernstein directing.
    My 13 year old grandson plays the bass (cello) and is quite entertaining now that he has a few years under his belt. 🎻 🎼

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Great idea! Let the music play during the art session. Kids will love it and react creatively.

  5. delphini510 says:

    That sounds like a wonderful experience to hear the Anthem played with so still and clear notes.
    I agree with music which of course is a big art form. It inspires other arts. Equally other art inspire music. A circle of creation.
    miriam

  6. Darlene says:

    In grade three our teacher introduced us to The Grand Canyon Suite. A magical moment I will never forget.

  7. GP Cox says:

    Good for you!! My father introduced me to all types of music at a young age – many I probably never would have learned to appreciate on my own.

  8. Norah says:

    I look forward to seeing the artworks inspired by the music. Enjoy!

  9. Jennie, thank you for this wonderful post and how important artwork and music is in the world and for children. Music and art actually increases the ability to improve thinking and learning, not to mention that it brings out the best in humanity. Great post!

    • Jennie says:

      You are so right, Karen. And to think that schools cut back on the arts first. They are the real tools to help children learn and become humanitarians. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. beetleypete says:

    I have always thought that your national anthem is a difficult song to sing well. Perhaps it is better suited to being an instrumental. Music has inspired me throughout my life, and continues to do so.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      It is a difficult song to sing. I was so struck hearing it played by a lovely violin. And yes, it just may be better suited that way. Music is truly inspirational! Best to you, Pete.

  11. “A single instrument, like a violin, can often convey more feelings and understanding than a full orchestra or chorus.” I couldn’t agree more, Jennie. Just imagining that duet gave me goosebumps. I look forward to seeing some of the paintings. Happy weekend hugs!

    • Jennie says:

      Kim glad it gave you goosebumps, too. Yes, you are so right about how a single instrument can convey deep feelings and understanding. We have two more days of painting ahead. Stay tuned! 😀

  12. I’m saddened to consider that some children do not listen to classical music. I agree that music is extremely important for development, and helps inspire creativity for any activity -even the technical ones.

  13. Dan Antion says:

    “Music inspires art” that’s so true. I’m looking forward to seeing the entries in your show.

  14. I’ll bet it was stunning. I have included a clip of Marvin Gaye singing at the NBA All Star Game in 1983. I think you will like it. https://youtu.be/QNydcwDriuU

  15. Tina Frisco says:

    I love this post, Jennie. Perhaps it is the musician in me… Art also inspires music. Concentric circles of influence ❤

  16. Opher says:

    The greater the range of experience that children are introduced to the better. You’re doing a great job Jennie.

  17. I love the combination of art, music, and old record players!

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