Over the last several months I have enjoyed performing short concerts for 16 preschools in the Reno/Sparks Area.
The program included familiar favorites such as Pop Goes the Weasel and Old McDonald Had I Farm as well as more serious pieces including the Lullaby for a Starry Evening from “Night Music” and Woodlands from “Journey Through an American Wilderness” by our 2 green dot composers Jules Pegram and Levi Fasoldt. I loved how still and quiet all of the children became (ages 2-6) when they heard the soft strains of the Lullaby and how they literally started dancing when I played the frolicking tune of the Woodlands. A very special thank you goes out to Bob Tregilus for providing beautiful pictures that I used throughout the program. You can see his waterfalls photo (my favorite) in the above picture.
I originally did the concerts to recruit new students but as I watched their little faces light every time I started playing, I realized that I was there to do so much more. I was there to inspire them, to let their imaginations run free, and to expose them to the wonderful power and creativity of music.
Pictures (and video) speak louder than a thousand words…