J is showing more initiative and excitement for strings than he ever did for TKD, baseball, art classes, anything.
He started getting pumped up a few weeks ago when the teacher announced the recital next month. As I mentioned, ex was bummed he'd miss it, so J picked up the practicing and played for his dad before he left.
I think his skill level has improved drastically. His strings class has 10 kids from his regular classroom and other regular classrooms have similar, probably 60-80 beginning strings kids total. The concert next month will bring together all these kids from different classrooms to play. I think they've had one or two practices with all of them together.
The other day, the teacher asked J's classroom of kids who plays the best among them and all of them indicated J and a girl named Nala. J and Nala got to choose a song from their book (he excitedly got to choose his favorite song, one called Carolina Breeze which he had practiced for his dad, the Carolina Boy) and the two of them will play a duet at the concert. A duet! I cannot wait.
I hope it goes better than this: