🌹All gussied up to watch my students play for their very first recital at @centuryfinearts
🎵This also was CFA’s first annual winter recital! I absolutely LOVE being a part of something so GREAT!
I saw the little sister of my student crying (she’s my student for Beginning Theory, also). So, I asked both girls to come with me, and we went back to a quieter area of the room. I knelt down in front of her; here’s what followed: (M = Me, H = Her)
The first part of our conversation involved her being upset because she forgot a piece of music. I told her it wasn’t a problem at all, & that I would tell her teacher. She was slightly relieved, but...
🌸M: What else is wrong, sweetie?
🌳My Student: She doesn’t want to perform.
🌸M: (feigning complete surprise) You don’t want to perform?! Why?
🌼H: Because....why don’t they let Mommy and Daddy in here? (Still crying)
🌸M: Oh...hun, they’ll be coming in! This is what’s called a closed-door rehearsal. We do this so some of you guys can go through your songs before you REALLY perform them. We’re keeping it a surprise for just a few more minutes. 🌼H: (Still crying; not as bad)
🌸M: You’re going to do SO well! And if you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world! Guess what you’re doing, too, by playing?
🌼H: (interested) What?
🌸M: Do you know where you are?
🌼H: (head shake)
🌸M: You’re at a place where a lot of elderly people live...and they don’t get to hear this kind of beautiful music - like you’re going to play - very often. By playing your songs, you’re making people happier. Can you do that, do you think? Your mommy and daddy will be here, so will your sister, your teacher, and me, too.
🌼H: (Not crying; just puffy-eyed) Okay. 🌸M: Awesome, girlie!! Let’s get you lined up!
🎵She did wonderfully. 💜 ...So did everyone else! 💚 I’m like a proud mama bear - even of kiddos that I don’t directly teach!
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