Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Piano Teacher
“Do you know how to play?” the silver haired woman asked the little girl who was sitting on the piano bench.
Just as I was saying “no, “
The Beast piped up: “YES!”
“Wonderful—could you play me something?” asked the piano teacher as she relaxed with smile to hear the performance.
The diminutive Beast composed herself and dove into a dramatic piece of music bursting with emotion. Five minutes later the final notes where softly played and the child slowly looked up in triumph at her audience—the music teacher and me.
“That was beautiful.” Said the teacher, “Was it your own composition?”
“No.” said the Beast, “I made it up.”
This was the Beast first piano lesson so many years ago---I was sitting there thinking…because I am not the nicest person—“this is sort of an expensive play-date with the nice lady” UNTIL the piano teacher launched into an engaging lesson about what a composition is and what notes are… The two of them chatted away and tapped out notes on the piano for a half hour. I have never learned so much in my life….the child also had a good time.
As I sit here now—I hear The Beast working on a song that she wanted to modify. The piano teacher helped her explore the process of arranging a piece of music. This piano teacher is a rare find. She has infused the child with a love of music which I feel is a gift that will always be with her. And the Beast is not alone—every child who enters the teacher’s house is eager to come and excited. I think the excitement is because the teacher listens and teaches to the children—she starts with their interests and builds on it. If only we could all have the ability to pass on passion for what we love to others. Like morning coffee.