Lessons officially begin next week and our first "Back to School" fair of the year is in the books. We had a great time in the library of the Lower School at Catlin Gabel, greeting old friends and making new ones. 

My boys brought a cello, guitar, ukulele and made good use of the little upright piano there. It's fun to watch them interact with other kids and they do love to play for anybody who will listen. 

I believe we had multiple children stop by and hold an instrument for the first time. The cello in particular is a great instrument for these "instrument petting zoo" situations, both because it's unusual to be given one to play at random and because it sounds so nice even in the hands of a beginner. It's a poorly kept secret that I would have liked to play cello myself as a kid, but the bus I took to school banned instruments of that size so I ended up with the viola. 

We happily enrolled 20+ students today in Beginner Buds (small group beginner classes just $140 for ten weeks) and in private lessons. We certainly hope it's a great year of exploration and skill acquisition for each of them.