• Sue Cryan

    Dear Parents and Families of FYO Students,

    This first month of working with, and getting to know, all of the wonderful students and families, volunteers and fellow teachers involved with the FYO, has been a creative and inspiring time for me. I am so impressed by the level of commitment and the energy this exciting community has demonstrated, and I am honored to be a part of such a quality educational organization. Thank you all for your encouragement, suggestions and assistance as we all continue to learn and grow through the study and appreciation of making music together.

    Learning to play a musical instrument is a lifelong journey that I believe requires the understanding and commitment of all who interact with, live with, and love, the student. I began learning to play the violin and piano when I was 9 years old, in a very busy family with three older brothers. Our own three children were also all involved in studying music, dance, sports activities; you name it! I believe I understand the complexities of fitting in “one more activity” in a busy family’s routine, and I applaud your encouragement and support of your child’s efforts. I plan to occasionally offer a few suggestions that may help you along this wonderful journey:

    Provide a quiet practice environment at home, away from family activities and distractions, if possible. Talk with your child about deciding on a mutually agreed upon time and place for regular practice time, that does not conflict with family activities and school responsibilities.

    Remember that studying a musical instrument takes patience, consistency, and time. Sometimes progress can seem to be very slow and frustrating. This is all very “normal.” With understanding and support from family and friends, children can learn that patience, and commitment can lead to fulfilling results.

    Encourage your child to play for the family, and share new musical experiences together, whenever possible. Talk about the music your child is learning, and the joys and obstacles your child may be encountering along the way.

    I hope that some of these suggestions are useful, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

    “It takes a village to make music…It takes music to make a village”

    Sue Cryan
    Artistic Director, Flagler Youth Orchestra