This afternoon we attended the first piano recital for any of our kids. Three of our children are taking lessons from a talented neighbor – dd14, dd12, ds10. Their teacher has a wonderful baby grand piano, and she has given the kids permission to come into her home any time during the day and practice. Since that’s what they do, I don’t have much of an opportunity to hear them play, except for the occasional times they use our electronic keyboard.
So today it was really nice to hear all of them. Each of them played three solo pieces, and then two duets. I especially enjoyed the duets – all three of them played a piece together with one another, and I loved seeing the teamwork involved in playing together.
There was one other student who participated, and it was especially interesting to watch her interact with her parents, who are both deaf. A friend of the mother brought some special electronic equipment, and during the intermission I asked about it. She explained to me that it was something that could be hooked up to the piano, and amplified the music so that it could be connected to the parents’ hearing aids, making it possible for her parents to hear her play somewhat. Isn’t that a wonderful benefit of technology?
All of our parents were able to come, which was very nice for everyone. The grandparents were all very happy they were able to make it, and even brought bouquets for each of the kids! I’m so grateful the kids have this opportunity – as I’ve said before, music lessons aren’t necessities, but they are benefitting so much from them.