Creative Soul - December 2019

Koinonia

The Importance of Community

Make some Holiday Music Memories your family will love! Looking for some inspiration of how you can spend some quality time with your family this holiday season? Check out these ideas! 1 Go caroling in your hood Go out and sing to some neighbors together. Keep it simple. One or two of your favorite family holiday songs! Bring along some jingle bells, tamborines, shakers or some DIY home made instruments for some added fun! 2 Sing around a piano Take the piece your child is learning and gather the family together in your living room or other area to show some support and listen. For some extra bonding, grab a pot or pan and spoon to lay down a beat and get the whole family involved! 3 3 Watch a holiday musical Grab some popcorn and a classic holiday movie or snuggle up with some hot chocolate and marshmallows for a special family night together. 4 Go to a holiday concert Check out a local venue for a Christmas Concert, Choir ensemble, or Nutcracker Ballet event! Typically you can find free Christmas Cantatas and family friendly events each holiday!

Recently, I came across the Greek word “koinonia,” which translates to “fellowship” or “community,” where everyone comes together to support one another. It emphasizes the bonds that connect and pull people close together. I happened to come across this word not too long ago, and I instantly started thinking about our family, not just the one in our home but also the one at Creative Soul Music School. Casey and I have built the community within the school for many years and continue to nurture it. Every student who is part of the school means a lot to us, and we’ve seen firsthand exactly what this community can do when all its members come together. One way Casey and I help our kids understand community is by teaching through example. Not only do we encourage every one of the students in the school, but we also extend a helping hand to our neighbors. Recently, one of our neighbors just had a baby, and on the night they came home from the hospital, we brought them a dinner to enjoy together. No matter what community you find yourself in, whether at church, in your neighborhood, at school, or in music lessons, building and strengthening those bonds helps you grow, both individually and together as a group. At Creative Soul, we believe that creating an understanding of community is important, and music helps with that. Music can create opportunities to build that fellowship both inside and outside of school. While spending time with your family at home, you can ask your child what they learned during their lessons that day, if they could play something after dinner, or about something they’ve been working on. While in their lessons, a child is brought together with like-minded students who share their passion, which they can share with others. Music helps tie these relationships together. A child who loves music is more connected to people and their community than they might realize. Everything we do at our school always comes back to our mission: “bringing families together through music lessons.”

Bring your whole family to our Bass Hall Recitals! Friday, Dec. 13, 2-10pm & Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-10pm Fun for the whole family! Watch our students of all ages showcase their learning in this magical event at Sundance Square in Fort Worth! Sets every hour on the hour. Open to the public .

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–Samantha Thomas

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