Piano is Delicious!

I have a love hate relationship with piano.  I love it because my Grandma taught me how to play. I hate it because I never was very good at it. I would practice and practice and practice and I never could seem to get past a certain point.  I love my actual piano because my same Grandma gave it to me before she died and I hate it because it needs to be tuned so badly and it is difficult to play.  I love it because my children sit and pretend to play and sing and I hate it because up until recently none of them seemed interested in actually learning how to play!

Until Sullivan.  For the last couple of years Sullivan has been very interested in the piano.  He would sit at it for hours and compose his own pieces and learn to play songs by ear.  I knew he needed lessons but I just couldn’t imagine where. I wanted him to be taught differently than I was.  I liked Suzuki but I thought it concentrated too much on the classical and not enough on accompaniment and sight reading.  I was praying and praying for a teacher for Sully when one day I came across an email from Shelly Eades.  She wrote about a new piano method that teaches the kids how to play difficult music before they learn the encumbering world of reading sheet music.  After visiting the website www.simplymusic.com I was sold!  So last September Sully started lessons with Shelly and I was truly amazed at the progress he made in just one week of lessons!  He has now been taking lessons for 8 months. He has learned how to accompany someone on the piano using just the cords across the top of the music and the time signature. He can play difficult music in all genres from memory and very well.  I am so happy!  I have since offered to let Rani and Oliver start lessons next fall and they are both very excited!  Alas, Xander is just not interested in learning.  I am sad that he won’t have this talent but it is just not where his focus lies. He is more interested in public speaking and the workings of government than art and music.

And for your listening pleasure. My favorite of the four pieces that Sullivan played at his very first piano recital last Thursday.  Enjoy!

April 19, 2010 - 7:57 pm Brandi - Wow! We sure missed out. Way to go Sully!

April 20, 2010 - 11:44 am vanessa shannon - Nice job!! He seems really comfortable at the piano...Im hoping my kids will eventually have the desire to learn to play. The boys both took lessons one year and did pretty good but it was such a struggle to get them to practice I decided to stop the lessons. I didnt want them to end up hating the piano because of the drudgery of practice....Ian is starting to show interest again so we'll see!

April 20, 2010 - 10:14 pm Juia - I wish we could of been there, he is so good with the paino!! I loved watching that video :)

April 22, 2010 - 10:26 am Sara - WoW! 8 months! That is incredible!! I really wish we had a piano (or any place to put one really!). I would love for my kids to learn!

May 7, 2010 - 8:00 pm Julie - Ah, inspiring. I can't wait to be there in 8 months :) Thanks for sharing

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