On Friday June 16th the beginner violin students of Margrét Hjaltested took to the concert stage as families and friends started to fill up the PS.188 auditorium. This was the violin celebration concert which takes place every year in June. After everyone was seated, Ms. Margrét led her first year students in performing “Hot Cross Buns” followed by a few classic children songs, including Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The many other seasoned students were humming and singing along. How incredible it was to see 6 and 7 year olds making beautiful music with their violins. It was then a group of seasoned students’ turn to play two classical pieces, Bach´s Minuet and Pachelbel´s Canon. These selections, familiar or not, were no doubt immediate favorites. They followed with several American songs, including America the Beautiful and Simple Gifts. A second group of seasoned students joined in, playing songs from around the world – Sakura from Japan and Tekele Lomeria from Kenya. The student violinists went on to play many other selections including Ode to Joy, This Old Man and Frere Jacques. The applause for these student musicians seemed to get louder after each selection.
It is quite impressive how much our young children can learn when exposed to new experiences. To see their pride and sense of accomplishment is truly priceless. These students spend a mere 30 minutes with Ms. Margret only once a week. At this celebration concert they make magic of what they’ve learned and practiced. This year the amazing young violinists were accompanied by Ms. Margret, Mr. Se-Beng Koh on the piano, two student cellists, as well as two violinist parents.
Ms. Margret’s program is based on the Suzuki method. If you would like more information, please click on the following link EarlyRegistrationform2017