“The Dance of the Violin”
From the time he was very young, Joshua Bell loved music.
He hears stories in songs and envisions them in his head as he plays his violin.
Joshua begs to compete at a competition for more experienced musicians.
He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests is too difficult, but Joshua is determined. At the competition, Joshua begins to play, and almost immediately, he makes a mistake, then another and another.
He stops playing. As he is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if he could try again. They agree. This time, instead of focusing on playing perfectly, Joshua envisions the song story in his head and plays seamlessly.
Based on a true story, at age twelve, Joshua Bell competed and placed third at Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, his first competition. He was one of the youngest musicians there. The next year he placed first.
This book promotes traits of a creative person, originality, passionate, perseverance, and creative talent.
TITLE: The Dance of the Violin
AUTHOR: Kathy Stinson
ILLUSTRATOR: Dušan Petričić
PUBLISHER: Annick Press Ltd., 2017
AGE GROUP: 6-9
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, originality, passionate, creative talent, perseverance
1) How do you learn from making a mistake? How might you inspire others to learn from their mistakes?
2) What is something that you love doing? How might you share your interest with others?
3) Listen to this clip of Joshua Bell’s violin playing.
Imagine you are the conductor. How would you move your body to conduct Joshua Bell?
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