Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Passionate Pianist

Lina begged for beginner piano lessons when she turned 8. We felt third grade would be the right time to commit to learning a musical instrument. She had her 12th weekly lesson already and her wonderful teacher has been so complimentary about Lina's focus, dedication and enthusiasm. As she "removes the training wheels" and learns how to read notes on a musical staff soon, Lina will develop patience and persistence.

Her teacher is a composer, singer and pianist...just like Lina aspires to be (in addition to becoming an artist, writer, veterinarian and robotic scientist). Lina's musical aptitude (I am told) is evident. Lina has enjoyed creating her own original compositions (melody+lyrics) since she was 2 3/4 years old...singing and improvising on various musical instruments (toy drums, shakers, harmonica, toy guitar, lap harp and mini keyboard). Now she is working privately with a music teacher who encourages Lina to continue to develop these interests. Lina has a good ear for music (playing "Ode to Joy" or "Lean on Me" by ear), but now she can locate the proper notes on a piano (and understand note duration) using sheet music for easy songs like "Jingle Bells," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "Pachelbel's Canon."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Graphic Novel class exhibition at CMA

Yesterday was the last day of the Investigating Techniques: Graphic Novel class at the Children's Museum of the Arts. Lina received a full scholarship for the fall semester to take a 1 1/2 hour weekly after school class in the South Village area of Manhattan. She had a blast! She appreciated the opportunity to learn from fantastic teaching artists. Also, she enjoyed conversations with several of the elementary school-aged children. Below are photos from the class exhibition showcasing the cool artwork:

Lina loves manga & took it seriously, even planning facial expressions for her comic art:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bye Bye to 2016 - Mini Golf Goodness

Here I am...right before we left home to bid adieu to 2016 with brick oven pizza for lunch and then a cold weather trek (we love walking in the cold!) to mini golf goodness.

On New Year's Eve we went to Shipwrecked Miniature Golf. It's an 18-hole indoor course on the 2nd floor of a building in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Our family had a fantastic time playing mini golf. They have friendly staff, a nicely decorated location and a super fun course. Here are a few photos of Lina at the spot:

Being a huge fan of Pokémon, she will cherish the $2 Poké Ball souvenir golf ball:

She had a great time playing mini golf with a purple (her fav color) golf ball:

And we were happy to play 80s arcade games (from my youth!) Centipede and Frogger:

Happy New Year 2017! 

"You can't go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending."
 — James R. Sherman, Ph. D