Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Piano Man

Going Live

Jack began piano in September in the Music for Young Children program. I cannot say enough good things about this program although it is rather on the expensive side. However, it is so much better than just sticking them in private lessons (depending on the teacher obviously) because they get a well rounded music education. Learning to play the piano is only a fraction of the learning. Let's just say that music makes a whole lot more sense to me now and I played piano as a kid and was in band. Yes, band. I knew barely enough to read the music and barely was able to play. I actually didn't blow into my clarinet when we did competitions. I didn't want to be the one who squeaked during a competition. I would have died of embarrassment. Yes, I was 15, why do you ask?

How did I start talking about myself? Sheesh. This is about Jack. He has worked really hard and required a bit (OH my word am I exhausted) of encouraging. He is a bit of a perfectionist and if he can't do it 100% right the first time well you would think someone died. No idea who he gets this from (looks around innocently).

He progressed leaps and bounds in mere months and is now playing two handed songs in several keys.

This last Sunday was the Spring recital and he had been practicing his piece for over a month with great success. However, due to a printing error he was thrown off a bit by the addition of some chords at the last minute - as in less than a week before said recital. However, despite all the practicing (and oh my word the encouraging) he mangaged to play it as if he'd been doing so for the last 8 months.

This mommy had tears in her eyes when he finished.

Jack, you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. We are so proud of you!


Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

yay Jack! glad he is enjoying playing and you are enjoying encouraging him (o:

Angella said...

Aw, way to go, Jack!

I want to get my kids in music too - this Momma can't play a thing. :)

Anonymous said...

Well done, Jack!!! It's great that he has worked so hard and has such awesome encouragement from you. Love the photo, too :-)

Kristin said...

wow two hands already, nice. I took piano for years and it really is important to have a good teacher/program. I still have nightmares about teachers, one that hit my hands with a ruler every time I lowered my wrists and another who cut my fingernails to the quick if they clicked on the keys. Ah good times, maybe I should go to therapy for these lessons...
So your a clarinet player? So many skills you have.
I love his look of concentration, what a great photo!

kanishk said...

you are enjoying encouraging him
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Ed said...

Fantastic! Recitals are such a relief when they are over -- for everyone involved.

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teeni said...

Congrats to Jack! And I just have to say that I love this photo. :)