Way back wednesday, take 2

A few weeks ago, we featured two of our students as they recalled their first days of Sympatico. Here are two more to share their fond memories with us!

“I was very surprised,” said Thomas. Thomas, who is now a 4th grader, started his first day with the Keetman Ensemble, and is now in the Orff Ensemble. “I was nervous. I didn’t know if I would fit in.” Thomas knew a lot of his new classmates in Orff Ensemble had been in the group for several years. Being new to the group would test his confidence in himself. By then end of his first day, Thomas could only say, “Wow!” We asked him why he chose the word “wow,” and he explained. “I didn’t know I could play instruments like that until after my first day. It made me feel proud of myself.”IMG_0102

So, what is Thomas’s advice to other kids who are nervous about their first day at Sympatico? “Just stay positive, because you could be great in Sympatico. Just think positively and know that you CAN be great.”

IMG_0101Aly was also surprised on her first day of Sympatico, but for another reason. “I didn’t know I was going to Orff until that morning.” She too felt nervous. “It felt like the first day of school. I didn’t know anyone, and I didn’t know any of the songs.” We asked Aly how she felt after her first day of Orff. “Still nervous! I didn’t know if I could keep waking up so early every day.” For anyone who may not know, Orff class starts at 7AM, 5 days a week. That definitely takes dedication. Aly says that now, she’s glad she plays in the Orff Ensemble. “I know a lot more songs now. I feel more confident. I feel like I can keep waking up every day to come to Orff.”


Way Back Wednesday

This week, Sympatico takes a walk down memory lane to reflect on students’ very first days in Sympatico. Here are some stories about the excitement of one’s first day in a Sympatico group:


“I IMG_0254was excited, and really nervous.” Juan is a 4th grader who started as a member of our Keetman Ensemble, and now plays in Strings at Sunrise. “I knew I was going to play some instruments I had never played before.” After Juan’s first day of Sympatico, he felt a sense of pride. “I felt happy for myself, and I couldn’t wait for the next day of Sympatico so that I could keep learning new instruments and new things.”


Ginny’s IMG_0255excitement for her first day of Sympatico started before she even went to her first rehearsal. “I was excited all week long!” Ginny expressed. “I drove my brother crazy because I couldn’t stop talking about how excited I was.” Ginny, now a 4th grader, was a 2nd grader at the time, preparing for her first day in Singing Eagles. She remembers not being able to sleep the night before her first day: “I was so excited! I remembered the first Sympatico concert, and I just couldn’t wait to sing with them.”

Ginny said that after her first rehearsal with Singing Eagles, she felt very happy. “I was so glad that I joined. I was SO happy, and it was SO MUCH fun. There were all these people who wanted to sing there, and it just felt great,” Ginny explained. We asked Ginny if Sympatico was everything she thought it would be; she said it was even better than she expected. “In other activities, it felt like I didn’t have a voice, or I wasn’t included. But in Singing Eagles, everyone was there. Everyone had a voice. Everyone got called on. I had a voice!”

5 things you should know about Sympatico

If you are not familiar with Sympatico, get ready for an education. We asked some experts (who happen to be members of Sympatico) what makes Sympatico, well…Sympatico. Here are the top five things you should know:

1.“It’s something you’ve never seen before!” ~Eddy, 2nd gradeIMG_0242

Another Sympatico student agreed. “Where else will you see so many kids performing at once, the way we perform?”


2. “It’s a new experience where I can meet new people and learn new things. It’s so learn-able, you don’t even have to be a musician to start doing it.”~Salma, 4th gradeIMG_0244

Salma is right. This is an experience where teachers and students alike welcome the new. Many students who join Sympatico have never played an instrument or taken music lessons before they join.

3. “It helps you get better at something you might already be good at.” ~Diarra, 4th gradeIMG_0243

While Sympatico embraces the new, we also embrace experience. Sympatico has many students who have been playing an instrument or taking music lessons for years. Those students meet new challenges every day to keep their musical progress going!

4. “You can teach what you learn to other people.” ~Kimberly, 3rd gradeIMG_0241.JPG

Boy, did other Sympatico students agree!

“Once you learn things in Sympatico, you should share it with everybody because it doesn’t do anybody any good to keep it to yourself,” says Eddy. Salma added, “Nobody here feels left out because we do everything together and share what we learn together.”

5. “I can be myself at Sympatico because it’s a happy place and I really enjoy doing it. I get to do what I love.” ~Hewen, 1st gradeIMG_0240.JPG

I couldn’t have said it better myself.