Home learning sparks creativity for East Kilbride music maestros

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Congratulations to the Blair sisters!

Home learning sparks creativity for East Kilbride music maestros

Musical sisters from Whitehills taught at home by their parents sweep the board at Ayrshire Music Festival for second year.
Eight-year-old Mabel, who plays the recorder, and Harriet (11), whose instrument of choice is the flute, have both recently had success at the Ayrshire Music Festival.

Mabel won the class three category in the woodwind section of the competition.

This follows her success in the recorder competition two years ago when she was just six.

While older sister Harriet won the class five flute contest.

They are at an equivalent lever to Standard Grade and Higher, respectively.
Great article. :clap2:
 
Thanks Ali! It started out as just being about their music festival win and home-ed wasn't mentioned. Then came the inevitable 'What school do they go to?' question and the game changed. Socialisation was the first question.

I was interviewed by the same journalist two years back when my book entry was published. She printed that my husband's name was Eddie - he's called David. This time she has my down as a piano teacher. I work part time as a lecturer and teach flute. Never taught piano in my life.

It took a twenty minute phone call before she stopped calling it home schooling....

It could have been worse!
 
Thanks Ali! It started out as just being about their music festival win and home-ed wasn't mentioned. Then came the inevitable 'What school do they go to?' question and the game changed. Socialisation was the first question.

I was interviewed by the same journalist two years back when my book entry was published. She printed that my husband's name was Eddie - he's called David. This time she has my down as a piano teacher. I work part time as a lecturer and teach flute. Never taught piano in my life.

It took a twenty minute phone call before she stopped calling it home schooling....

It could have been worse!
Ha ha! I find a lot of home educators now call it home schooling; I'd always thought that's what they call it in America?

Well done to the girls on their achievements and you on dealing with the publicity :)
 
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