We wanted to share this story that we received from our friend Heather about her experience with her son’s kids chair.
Like every parent on this earth, I wanted to provide my child with the best possible learning opportunities I could provide. In my world that included learning to play an instrument at very young age. We settled on the cello and one arrived on our doorstep shortly thereafter. Oh, what fun! I am, of course, talking about the box and the bubble wrap. After the fun of his box spaceship wore off, we were left with this tiny cello. I showed him some simple songs and showed him how to make some noises, but he was about as excited as he is when I serve broccoli with dinner.
We spent a few weeks fumbling along in our musical journey when I purchased a chair that fit his body. An important part of being a good cellist is developing a good body position. Have you ever tried to find a chair that fits a 5-year-old so his feet are flat on the floor? I’ll tell you, it is not easy. The chair could not have any arms as to allow him to freely move the bow and needed a flat back to promote good posture. I got him a little wooden chair and something immediately changed. It was almost as if he knew playing cello using an ill-fitting chair was just wrong somehow. His musical tone changed, his body position changed, and his attitude changed. I actually heard the words, “Can we go play cello now?” I never imagined something seemingly so simple could make such a difference, but it did. We are now a couple of years into our musical journey and besides the awesome box, the cello came in, finding furniture that fit my child’s size has been the biggest influence.
I almost forgot the very best thing about his chair. It came in a box!