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Homeschooling Violinist Extraordinaire: Kitsho Hosotani

by Jessica Parnell | Mar 25, 2012 | 2 min read

“I want to be one of the greatest soloists in history.”

No indecision, no second thoughts – Bridgeway homeschooling student and violinist Kitsho Hosotani began playing his instrument of choice at age four because he knew, instinctively, it was his dream to be the best.

His recent orchestral debut with the Fox Valley Symphony in Illinois was a resounding success. A review touted Kitsho as “charming those in attendance with a masterful skill of the instrument.” The review went on to laud his gifted command of the violin, particularly his articulate precision in bowing and his pristine clarity throughout the piece.

And his passion for the violin and his musical accomplishments only continue to grow, along with his skills in PR and marketing. Visit his webpage to learn of upcoming soloist events Kitsho will be featured in, or even listen to him wield his magic  on YouTube!

Although Kitsho began homeschooling only recently, he feels that it is definitely the right choice for him. “When I have a performance or competition, I can balance the amount of homework by setting it aside for the next day without worrying about having to catch up immediately.” The ability to organize and strategize by adjusting his curriculum around intensely busy practice sessions or his travels is a marvelous boon to his advancing career in music. And this form of organization is a life skill all students can certainly benefit from!

When asked if he feels he is missing out on anything by homeschooling, Kitsho avidly responds “No, not at all! Most public schools do not let students work at their own pace, they just move ahead and ahead without pause.” Mischievously, Kitsho adds, “Plus there is something very lucky that homeschoolers don’t necessarily have … students collapsing in sweat!” Kitsho also enjoys bike riding, tree climbing, and reading the Harry Potter series.

Kitsho offers some advice on conquering nervousness in front of a large crowd. “When people become nervous, it can cause them to panic, especially if they are unprepared. So be prepared! But when nerves happen, it is useful to keep in mind that you must only focus on what is important and ignore what is not.”

When asked for words of advice for other students who want to set goals and reach them, Kitsho mentions that it may be a waste of time “looking” for extreme goals. But if you have a certain goal within you, and your schedule gets very hectic, you must be willing to give up something in return for achieving that goal. It’s a give and take. Kitsho also advises students not to put a limit on themselves. This is not to say that all hopes and dreams are achievable. But if you give yourself a limit early on, you may not ever become aware of what you can truly accomplish.

Kitsho also mentions the importance of remaining humble. The reason why most young students come so far in their goals is in large part due to those who support them — parents, teachers, and mentors. When asked of future goals, Kitsho replied, “My goals are definitely certain. I want to be one of the greatest soloists in history.” But with the wisdom of one much older he adds, “I cannot see into the future. Of course I will try to continue with this goal, but failure can happen. If so, I will aim for other goals. Life has many opportunities.”

Congratulations on your achievements Kitsho Hosotani, you are quite a role model for other Bridgeway Homeschooling students!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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