When Wilson was 5, he asked Santa for a violin for Christmas. Santa came through and we signed him up for lessons. Neither Mark nor I have played the violin so we couldn’t really help him with it. The violin was 100% his thing. Lucky for us, he had a wonderful violin teacher in Raleigh. She let him be him and helped redirect him when he got distracted or frustrated. She did this all while keeping him excited and progressing with his abilities.
After a while, we noticed that Wilson truly had a bit of a musical ear. He can hear a song and pretty much figure out the tune on his violin or the piano by ear. Its not always perfect but you can tell what song it is.
I had the greatest hope of finding a violin teacher in Santiago for him. My wish was granted when we met Suzanne at church and learned that she gave lessons. She has been such a blessing for Wilson. She’s keeping him progressing on his sight reading music while giving him songs to play that he’s excited to learn. Thus far she’s taught him the Chilean national anthem, The Addams Family them song, the theme from Harry Potter, as well as a few other classics.
Without the distraction of everything in Raleigh, Wilson picks up his violin and plays and practices frequently here and has grown in his joy and love of playing. We’re all so happy and grateful for Suzanne and her helping Wilson learn and progress.