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Dai Bee’s last orchestra performance at his school. He was performing for choir last Thursday. The school year is coming to an end and with all these school performances and activities, luckily we live so close to school!

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Busy night for us with activities back to back. Dai Bee has a winter concert, where he performs for the orchestra and choir. Both Ah Lo and Dai Bee have basketball practices happening the same night. Luckily the timing works out beautifully as Ah Lo has practice during Dai Bee’s performance. The great thing was the performance and practice are in the same location! How great is that?! After performance, Dai Bee changed (from a musician to a basketball player).

Dai Bee is also the concertmaster at his school’s orchestra. Because he’s part of the choir, he only played one song (the “Little Drummer Boy). Still, I thought he did great (but then, I might be biased.) This kid never ceases to amaze me.

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Boys will be playing for the seniors this Christmas. They have been diligently practicing Carol of the Bells. What’s interesting is to see how Dai Bee teaches Ah Lo on sight seeing, rhythmical structure and the musicality (which is the most difficult). I pretend to be reading a book or looking at my phone, when I’m sole purpose is to act as a moderator. Or to ease the tension between the two. Both are learning and teaching at the same time. Dai Bee is teaching Ah Lo, while learning how to be a teacher. Ah Lo is learning his piece from his brother, while teaching his brother how to be patient. Good teamwork!

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Yesterday after the coastal clean up, we went for violin shopping. We’ve been renting over the years. When Dai Bee is ready to upgrade for a full sized one, it was time to get him a better quality instrument. We are the salespeople’s best customers. No negotiations, no questions. The kid loves it, we buy. IT’s that simple. In hindsight, we should have gone in with a little bit more research.

They gave us a bunch of violins with various price ranges. Dai Bee picked out two of the bunch – which ends up to be the most AND least expensive ones from the selection. Great that this place lets you bring home (up to 2) to try it out and decide in a week’s time.

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Dai Bee has been taking private violin lessons with a teacher who doesn’t offer any recitals. He does get to perform with his orchestra, but never have a chance to play solo. So I’ve been passively looking around to seek for opportunities. I called a couple of senior homes and finally reached one, On Lok Senior Homes who would allow him to come in and play for their seniors! I told him about it last month and gave him a few pieces to practice.

Of course this morning, he was a bit hesitant, trying to find excuses NOT to go. “I thought it was at night” when I told him to be ready by 10am. “I only have one piece ready” when I told him he should play 3-5 pieces. He’s not much of a performer, let alone to do this all by himself. Regardless, I drove him there. He was a little nervous at first, but after the first song, he was playing beautifully. Though half of his audience was asleep, but at the end, they were all awake to give him the applause. We will come back again.

Yes, I should have him dressed up a little bit, but I didn’t want to give him another excuse to shy away this great opportunity.

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Ah Lo chose violin as his music instrument in school this year. He is so lucky to have his brother who’s giving him private lessons on the basics. From learning the parts of the instrument to holding it and positioning it, Dai Bee was patient and eager to show his brother everything he knows. Watching one teaches and the other learns, totally made my day!

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After several months of searching, we finally found a violin teacher for Dai Bee. Though she may not be the perfect one (Dai Bee: “sometimes I have a hard time time understanding her.”) Dai Bee is the type who needs to time/days to warm up to the teacher. We’ve tried three and she is the one who’s somewhat close to his needs. I sat in last week with them during their trial lesson and she seems fit for him (for now).

We’ll see, but for now, he’s happy and has improved already since last week!