Music bonds parents and kids at this high school

Behold — again — the power of the arts!

In Frisco, Texas a wise music teacher — as if there’s any other kind — has found the perfect way to keep parents and her students on the same page: an orchestra of parents.

Once a week, parents gather in the local high school’s orchestra room after their day jobs, and try to learn how to play the instruments their kids are playing at school, the Dallas Morning News says.

The kids often stop by to help. With the children becoming the teachers to their parents, it’s hard not to see it as a preview of coming attractions — when the young take care of the old.

But for now, it’s about the music, and generational unity.

Victoria Lien, 25, the music teacher, is the genius behind the idea.

“My whole reason for doing this is to connect the parents together to help fully make a community for them, as well as help them connect with their students,” she said.

She had hoped she’d get 10 parents to participate. The parent orchestra is up to 30 now.

“We didn’t expect music would enter our lives like this,” parent Aparna Viswanathan said.

  • John

    that’s awesome.

    It will make better musicians and people out of the kids too. There’s nothing like having to teach others something you “know” to find out you don’t know nearly as much as you think you do. (Something my young teenager needs to be frequently reminded of – the kid has confidence!)

  • MrE85

    I can’t picture either of my parents making music, but this story is wonderful just the same.

  • Guest

    SWEET, this would also tend to make folks appreciate courses that are often the first to be cut back.

  • Al

    I love this. I hate that this is only really feasible for parents working 9 to 5.

  • AL287

    What a brilliant, innovative idea!

    Renting instruments is relatively affordable for parent and student and the bond created will literally last a lifetime. It is also a great alternative to screen time.

    Community bands, orchestras and choirs have been bringing communities together for generations.

    Good on ya’ Victoria!


  • Jack

    My goal is to have our son teach me the baritone which he has abandoned. If daring, I might try the trombone too.

    Then he can try my violin.

  • KTFoley

    That’s pretty excellent!

    In the Suzuki method of music education, a parent is intended to learn the instrument alongside (or just ahead of) his or her child: attending the lessons, practicing the same technique exercises & playing the same pieces in order to serve as a “home teacher”.

    This sounds like a creative and logical extension of that method. Plus, it offers a perfect opportunity for adults who never learned and wish they had, or stopped playing and wish they hadn’t.