We bought Iris a shoebox type cassette player and recorder when she was a baby. Before we left on business trips, we read and recorded stories so she could hear our voices while we were away. We also have an adorable tape of her early reading efforts.
The sound quality is not great, but it it easy to operate.
Lately, she has been writing and recording her own songs with it. She also commandeered all the cassette tapes she found in the house. I was astonished one day to find her intently listening to the Brahms Double Concerto in A minor. I forgot that I even had it on tape. I recorded it off of one of my mother's albums and took it to college with me in 1984. Now my daughter says it is one of her favorite pieces of music.
Check out Clambrush's extraordinary recordings of David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich playing Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 with the Moscow Philharmonic led by Kirill Kondrashin.
It's a four-part video so go to the YouTube page to see them all.
The mommy and me Suzuki violin lessons are not going so well. Neither of us have the discipline to practice daily. We will get Mark to take pictures of us playing together. Iris and her (rented) 1/4 size violin is adorable.