I am beyond proud of our cello, piano and viola students, not to mention their parents + four of our faculty members! In spite of an (extremely) inconvenient change of venue, Aidan, Benjamin, Cosette, Felix, Jay, Lucas, Ryan and Zara spent their Sunday sharing their music to help others.
Oxfam’s purpose is eradicate poverty and social injustice throughout the world. The Musical Marathon, held this year for the 26th time, is one of many ways in which Oxfam allows people to be actively involved in helping others.
I interviewed several of the students after the performance. I asked two questions:
1)What was the best thing about the performing experience today?
- Star Wars (Zara & Ryan performed this together)
- Playing a solo
- Liked that lots of people were watching even though I was a bit nervous
- Car ride
2)How does it feel to know that by playing your instrument here today, you are doing something to help other children have food and clothes and other things?
- It feels good to help others
- Makes me feel like I’m doing a good thing helping people
- It makes me feel quite happy that I’m actually doing something good for people
- I think it’s good for us to share what we have with others
Many thanks to the parents – and to Mr. Graham, Mr. Jason, Ms. Monica and Ms. Sandra – for taking the time out of your Sunday to make it possible for your students to have this opportunity to use their music to help others! This is the perfect embodiment of Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy and spirit.