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A Year in the Life: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

A horizon-broadening, unique musical experience

Not unlike life, successful homeschooling is a balance.  There’s the freedom to do it your own way, but the desire to cover the essentials. The siren call of exploring the open road, yet the math formulas that won’t teach themselves.  Throughout our homeschooling journey, I’ve aimed for a blend of seatwork (textbooks, online learning, and group lessons) with field trips and real-world learning.  Some topics are just better understood through hands-on, experiential activities.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Seeing and experiencing live music cannot be replicated in any other way, at least in my opinion.  I keep my eye out for such opportunities, and jump on them whenever possible.  Recently, we had the opportunity to see the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. I wasn’t familiar with their work, although it turns out they have an original song in The Hunger Games and are pretty well-known.  Regardless, they were something different.  Nine African American young men playing brass instruments- trumpets, trombones, and the like (plus their drummer in the back). Dressed like they were off to hang out with their buds, and standing up, dancing around, not sitting at music stands as such instruments may normally be played.  It was an amazing sight to see, and we loved them.  My younger daughter couldn't wait to find them after the show, meet them, and get autographs.  They were delighted to meet a fan, and happily posed for a photo.  We've been talking about brass instruments since, and plan to delve into further study of this genre of music.

Not only are these types of events invigorating, but they break up the monotony of the week. Homeschooling gives us the opportunity to hand-pick the types of extras that interest us, or that we’re lacking, or just plain old enjoy.  I love the discussions that follow, the pursuit of a new interest, and the broadened horizons that result from being exposed to something new and unique. 

Whether your family homeschools or just enjoys getting out in the community to experience new things, comment below to share your ideas for trips and outings that our Hudson Valley readers might enjoy.

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