It NEVER gets old to witness a student's musical journey and growth, including their "AH-HA" moments.
Last night, I was teaching a 6-year-old student about the treble clef. I drew it several times, in steps, while he looked on.
I then asked him to draw a treble clef by himself and his eyes grew wide. I thought he was nervous, so I said, "Don't worry; just do your best."
To which he replied:
"This is gonna be a little hard...but it's gonna be FANTASTIC!"
Kinda how I feel about life sometimes. =)
Isn't life surprising? Amazing? Sometimes, when we need it most,
something extraordinary happens to help restore our faith.
Today, a woman
visited the studio asking about drum lessons for her 4-yr-old daughter named
"Bella," who was there with her mother. I told Bella that she had the same name
as my Bella studio and that makes her taking drum lessons even more cool. Bella smiled.
And then, the mom told me that her younger daughter is named
Angelina, and they call her "Angel." Bella Angel...WOW!
Thank you for this sign. It brought a smile to my heart...and was exactly the boost my soul needed
I have a student named Abella. She is 5. She loves the fact that her name is
"just like Bella, but with an A at the front."
Tonight, she announced
at her lesson that she is "smarter than a person going into 2nd grade."
When I asked her how she is smarter, she explained that this person "doesn't even know 10+10, 3+3, or where meat comes from."
I love what I
Had a moment of clarity last night after speaking to one of my students.
Nicole is 12, very shy, and a WONDERFUL piano player. She learned "Harp Ballad" on her own, figured out the notes, timing, etc. I asked her to play the song for one of the other teachers at the studio; she said she didn't want to because she was nervous and she might make a mistake.
We talked for a bit. I offered lots of encouragement and some advice and explained that she should be proud of her hard work. When others listen to her play, they want her to succeed and do well. They are probably thinking to themselves, “Gee, I wish I could do that.”
When I asked her what was the worst thing that could happen, she thought a moment, smiled, and said, “I’ll make a mistake?” “Yes,” I said, “that is all that will happen.”
When it was time to leave, I asked her to think about playing her song for someone else next week. I cannot force the issue but have a feeling she will be fine with this. We’ll work on this every week. It’s not about “taking a chance.” It’s about believing in you and showing others what you can do.
Thank you, Nicole, for reminding me of a valuable lesson.
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