It was September of 1970. I was beginning 5th grade, and it was my opportunity to start learning an instrument with the school band program. My sister and brother were seven and five years older than me, and both had joined the band when they were in 5th grade and were still playing! My parents and I listened to every band concert, sat on the sidelines of numerous parades, and cheered for the halftime show at home football games. It was finally my chance!
I clearly remember going to school one evening so that parents could learn about renting instruments. Soon after, the new band students went to the auditorium to see the stacks and stacks of instrument cases. One of them was mine, a pretty and shiny flute. The teacher instructed us to put it together (I must not have listened well. I put it together wrong for a week!). One memory that is etched in my brain forever - that flute never left my hands the first day that I had it. It felt so wonderful to touch the instrument.
Over 50 years ago, that pretty and shiny flute began my musical journey. I have had many incredible musical experiences. Even now, I am opening a music studio with other great teachers of music. They all have a unique musical journey to share with you.
It is never, never, never too late to learn to play a musical instrument! My oldest student was 81 years old when he started. The teachers at KDF Music Connections are ready to help you start on your unique musical journey. We are currently offering private lessons online. Soon we will be opening our doors to resume in-person classes also.
Now is your chance to hold that instrument that you have only dreamed to play. Let your journey begin today!
Kay Darby Finch has been teaching music since moving to Southern Maryland in 1985. Her passion is working one-on-one with students of all ages. In addition to private teaching, Kay has led several church music ministries and owned a St. Mary’s County music store with her late husband, Harry Darby.