My boys are now in 5th grade and had the opportunity to play an instrument this year. DS #1 picked the viola (just like his Mom!) and DS #2 chose the clarinet. They started music classes at school just about 4 weeks ago and I've heard them practice, but last Sunday they gave us a little concert. DS #1 played Mary Had a Little Lamb on the viola. It sounded very nice. Then DS #2 played Jingle Bells, then went on to play Sleigh Ride and then a little ditty that he composed. I was stunned by how good he was!
This is the boy that wanted to quit after only a week because it was too hard. He finally figured out how to play actual notes and it finally clicked for him. Last night he came into the kitchen while I was preparing dinner and played the National Anthem for me twice - with no music in front of him! Then he went in and asked his brother "Can you play the National Anthem?" (To which DS #1 responded - "But we're only supposed to go to page 10!") lol
I asked Squidward if all the clarinets were playing such advanced songs or if he was going on ahead in his lessons and he said he was going ahead. I was truly blown away. He's a natural. My sons - the musicians! (Oh and DS #1 is also in the choir and sings like an angel...)