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These two tiny fiddlers came to class early today and just couldn't wait to get started! They warmed my heart with their singing, tapping, and bowing on their brand new fiddles. So much fun!
Four wonderful young cellists - Lillian, Lydia, Mayana, and Tait - from the Grow Music private studio participated in this year's MMTA Spring Festival, held at the University of Montana. Each cellist played their absolute best in the adjudication where they got some useful tips and feedback from Hermes Padilla Beltran, who is filling in as Violin Professor this semester at UM. Tait and Lillian were then invited to perform the following day in a public recital that showcased some of the great young talent in voice, piano, and strings that we have in Missoula! It was a great event!
Meet the silliest fiddlers on this side of the Appalachians. I'm talking about Adelaide and Delaney - they're both 6 years old and an absolute hoot! Who says music lessons aren't fun? 'Cuz these girls sure know how to roll when it comes to having a good time - and learning something, too!
They've been sharing a semi-private lesson for almost a year, which is how they met. But today, in their "I'm-gonna-be-famous!" and "They'll-even-see-me-in-India?" spotlight interview, we learned that they also have a bunch in common. Both girls like singing, skiing, math, and soccer and they share some favorite fiddle tunes like, "Green Grass Grows" and "Shortnin' Bread." But Delaney likes "Frère Jacques," while Adelaide prefers "Boil 'Em Cabbage Down."
These two are doing a magnificent job with their learning, they compliment one another so well, and I can see they inspire each other to do their individual best every week. I always look forward to spending time with them each Wednesday!
A couple things they'd like you to know:
Adelaide likes fairies A LOT and wants to be a Rock Hound (Geologist) when she's older.
Delaney doesn't like pirates (most of the time) and plans to be a Soccer playing Professional Artist Teacher who Skis.
Chelsea Pierce is a Montana native who enjoys an active performance and teaching schedule across Montana and the Pacific Northwest. She recently earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Montana and currently can be seen playing with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra.
When not practicing, Chelsea enjoys studying violin pedagogy and teaching violin to her studio of young students in both private lesson and group class settings. She has participated in violin pedagogy classes and workshops with Margaret Baldridge and Brenda Brenner. We are thrilled to have her on board! Welcome, Chelsea!
musings from Fiddleland