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First God, then Piano Lessons!
Submitted By Anonymous
This past Sunday we had our semi- annual piano recital at our house. In attendance were my siblings, their spouses, grandpop and of course, grandmom with all of her students; our collective kids.
My mom has taught all of my children and their east coast cousins to play the piano. An accomplished pianist herself, she signed up me and my 4 siblings at age 7 for classical training under Dr. Andor Kiszely where I learned the true meaning of “perfectionist.” I practiced for 3 hours a day some weeks in preparation for his lesson out of the fear of missing an A flat in a 6 note cord of the Maleguena.
I was painfully shy as a child and the pressure of missing just one note in a piece at a recital or in a piano competition was worse than being grounded for 2 weeks for freaking out my older sister when I hung off my bed with my eyes open, pretending I was dead after she came home from seeing “The Exorcist,” when it first came out. ( that’s another story, I was 14 at the time..it was soooo funny!)
You can only imagine how well my children play the piano because not only did they have to answer to my mother if they didn’t practice enough for their lesson, but I also, had to answer to my mother if they had a bad lesson!
I have endured the torture of continuous, daily whining and negotiations with my kids through the years as to how many minutes they have to practice and how they have no life because of piano. But now, my daughters can play Moonlight Sonata the way, I am certain, Beethoven intended it to be played when he composed it. My sons now perform duets with grandmom on the piano because they cherish their time with her. And, this is heaven on earth for Grandmom after her years and years of hard work and patience with her grandkids.
I have already warned my own children that they will suffer tremendously in the future if my grandchildren do not practice the piano when I come to give them a lesson.
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