A guest post by Kay Coryell, PAA Band & Orchestra Camp Director.
I started playing the flute when I was 10 years old. There was never a question in my mind about which instrument I would play. My mom played flute…I would too. So began my lifelong journey into the world of instrumental music, and it’s still going!
I loved learning notes, rhythms and their relationships and how it all worked together. Once I understand that, I became the “kid that was always practicing!” I wasn’t born a natural musician so I worked extra hard to be the best I could be.
It was in high school that I knew I wanted to share my love of music with others. The idea that band becomes your family is really true. My best friends were in band, my boyfriends were in band and I loved all things band. We played at basketball games and wrestling matches and every fall we were on the football field, no matter the weather. My marching band toured every summer. We rode in school buses across the country, slept on gym floors and ate an awful lot of McDonald’s food. Those experiences and the memories created are with me forever.
I began teaching instrumental music many years ago. What joy to hear young musicians perform Mozart Melody for the first time…to see the glow in a student’s eyes after the first concert…to have a student tell me day after day that her instrument isn’t working and then, one day, she’s over the moon because finally she’s getting the correct sound! Perseverance, diligence, and hard work – it does pay off!
Never for one second have I regretted learning to play an instrument. The camaraderie, teamwork, discipline, challenge and pure joy of playing alone or in a chamber ensemble or with 250 crazy marching band musicians truly keeps me sane! I teach because I want to share that joy and passion with others as they experience their own magical and forever memories. Music will play in my heart forever. I hope for you, too.
Please join us for the band and orchestra camp. New friends, new skills, new fun, new you! It’s amazing how we continue to grow musically as we meet new challenges, adventures and people. Are you ready for music camp? Of course…you are!
[note note_color=”#ffdd80″ radius=”2″]PAA Note! Space is still available in:
Band & Orchestra Camp, July 21-25, 2014. For beginner and intermediate players. Grow in leaps and bounds in a single week with jam sessions, music theory, instrumental technique, ensemble rehearsal and group and individual lessons.
And Rock Band Camp, July 21-25, 2014. Rock out with like-minded musicians and lessons from experts.