Friday, July 16, 2010
I currently am taking piano lessons with my children. I have felt strongly that my children need to take piano lessons and become proficient in them. Playing the piano is a requirement in our home. I need to back track and say once they decide that they want to take piano lessons (which they have demonstrated by showing a deep desire over several months) that I will require them to practice daily. Liberty (age 11, almost 12) did not start until this past fall and already she can play easy repertoire. The boys coincidentally all started when they were 8.
Before I started taking piano lessons with them I always requested a recital piece from our piano teacher and I performed one with them. (This goes with my parenting model that I will not require anything of them that I am not willing to also do myself). I also think that it helps that I practice daily with them. This fall I saw some of them struggling a little with desire so in January I started lessons with them. This has helped tremendously in their desire to practice. Practicing the piano is just what we do. They are progressing well and I am pleased with their progress. Some put forth more effort than others, but I continue to feel strongly that they need to pursue the piano. I realize this is a scholarly activity, but sometimes the Spirit trumps the rules you know.
The You Tube video is of the piece and arrangement that I am performing in a couple of weeks at our next recital. I love good music because it fills our soul with glimpses of eternity.