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!