Monday, May 4, 2015

Piano Lessons

Nathan has been taking piano lessons every Tuesday and Thursday since early January.

It started with finger placement and tapping out the difference between quarter and whole. It progressed through putting notes on lines and spaces and we've sailed to the point of reading music. Mrs. Becky no longer writes the letters in his books, and Nathan breezes through. A lot has changed since he first put his fingers on keys a few months ago, but the one thing that hasn't is how much it amazes me.

I have always said Nathan was born with a natural rhythm. To be honest, I was just a proud mom when I said that and had no idea he where he fell on the musicality scale. Turns out, he's got a little something. He's taken quickly to the piano, and I hope he stays with it for a long time.

You can learn so much from music. It helps discipline, focus, multitasking skills, and grows that brain like crazy. It will help in many areas of Nathan's life - beyond having a cool party trick. He's had to get used to the idea that you have to be bad before you can be excellent, and that it's okay to miss a note. Life lessons galore in those 88 keys, friends.

That brings us to Nathan's biggest hurdle yet - performance. Spoiler: He jumped that hurdle flawlessly on Saturday. When Nathan's teacher first mentioned the word "recital" about a month ago, my heart and eyeballs started to swell. I knew what a huge deal this would be for him. He was given a choice of three options and he landed on the Star Wars theme song {May the Fourth be with you, coincidentally}.

After weeks of practicing and fine-tuning his piece, he was ready. I might have blinked away a tear or two as that little boy climbed onto the stage, alone, and introduced himself to the audience. After shuffling his papers and taking his place, I watched the nerves melt through his fingers. I am aware of how cheesy that sounds, but it was truth. He walked away grinning and sat close as we listened to other talented kids take their turn.

I am so proud of my son. I know this is just the first recital, but his potential is limitless. I can't wait to see where it takes him.

If you didn't make it to the recital, here is the full performance:

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1 comment:

Georgeanne | Southern Fried Soprano said...

Um, this post made me misty-eyed, both as a daughter and a musician. Music is such a gift and I hope Nathan loves the piano and that love continues with him for the rest of his life.

It gets tougher. And sometimes it isn't fun. But it's so, so worth it. Thank you for giving him such a gift at an early age!