After reading The Music Inside Me, a book written by fourth graders in Massachusetts, my students pondered their music within. They drew pictures. I asked if they wanted to represent these drawings with music. A collective yes resounded. We gathered in the music room, surrounded by an assortment of instruments. Bells, glockenspiels, xylophones and recorders waited to be played.
Each student selected his instrument of choice and the exploration in composition began. It was fascinating to watch the creative process in action. For most, it was a first experience.
The time came to share the musical masterpieces with the class. Many seemed nervous as they joined their circle of fellow musicians. As they played, one after the other, the room filled with possibility, joy and accomplishment.
Carlos was deeply engaged in the experience and completely focused on finding his music within. Upon reflecting, Carlos did not hesitate to write. He wanted the world to know his discovery.