A passion that makes me happy is music, especially playing the violin. It's been seven years now that I participate and play in the Sistema program. It exists for young people aged 6 and over. We learn to play music and we are several violinists. I chose this instrument because it was small; it was better suited for my little hands. In addition, I found that I did not have enough breath to play a wind instrument.
In Sistema, I started by making a paper mâché violin. Then a symphony was organized and all the young people received a “real” instrument. My first piece of music was TWINLE TWINKLE LITTE STAR.
At the show, I was very shy, because I was afraid to be wrong in front of the audience in the room. Once the concert was completed, with no errors, I felt very proud of myself. What an incredible feeling when the audience applauded very loudly and for a long time. Everyone even came to congratulate me. After the show, I went to eat ice cream to celebrate my success with my parents and my sister. That same evening, I fell asleep with a happy heart and a smile on my face.
Since that evening, I am able to play great pieces of music. I see my instrument as a friend who is always there for me. I use it to console myself when I'm sad and I celebrate with it when I'm happy.
Finally, I want to encourage all young people to play an instrument (it does not have to be the violin). I will always enjoy my experience and I really want to continue playing my violin as long as my hands can move.
Written by Danika Newcomb, Sistema NB member and student at l’école Soleil Levant in Richibucto