Music Clubhouse member, Erin, came to the Music Clubhouse director to get help with a song she was planning to sing at church. The director, who knew Erin well from being her voice and piano teacher, asked Erin to play and sing the song. Despite being shy, Erin sang the song beautifully. The director then showed her the right-hand chords and a simple accompanying pattern for her left hand.
Erin was encouraged to practice, and she immediately did. That same afternoon, she was ready to try the song again.
“After she played the song straight through once, I encouraged her to sing the song as though she was ‘gifting it’ to her congregation, to just enjoy the words and her music,” says the Music Clubhouse director.
Erin began to play the song a second time, and the music director invited other musicians- a bass player and a drummer – in to play backup for her.
As the three of them were playing the song, Erin’s father happened to come in the room and began to watch her play and sing accompanied by the two boys.
“He was so proud of her that he started crying,” the Music Clubhouse director said. “He gave his daughter a big kiss, gave me a hug and shook the boys’ hands. It was awesome. What a great day!”
One of the other musicians, Geoff, who played with Erin that day also felt the impact of this experience.
“As we played, the girl’s father entered the room and saw an angel play,” said Geoff. “He saw how beautifully his own daughter performed, and he started to cry and love her with great compassion.”
Geoff added, “When the song ended and he left with her, I felt happy and emotional inside as if I made my own father proud. It was an unforgettable experience.”
Performance is a key pillar of the Music Clubhouse Program
Music should be shared. Musicians really master their craft when they can play in a band with others and perform. This is why Music & Youth has developed a unique curriculum and philosophy that emphasizes performance – the ultimate vehicle for building self-confidence and self-esteem!