Monday, February 28, 2011
Teaching piano lessons again has been like an awakening of my spirit - literally. Playing piano, for me, growing up was like free therapy. I don't know what I would have done without it. I took lessons throughout college and started writing my own music and performing it. It was such an exciting time. But, like most first time moms, I had Brady and became so absorbed in everything Brady that I stopped playing -literally didn't touch the piano for like four months. I really struggled after Brady was born with the baby blues and even after I started to feel better, I still felt like I had lost a bit of who I was. Then one day, I went into the piano room with my infant son screaming and started to play. He was instantly soothed and my heart swelled as my fingers flew across the keys. Ever since then, I tried to play for an hour a day, no matter what. When Brady was about nine months old, Nick started asking me why I stopped teaching and kept telling me I should do it again. So, I did! And it has been amazing for me to watch these students develop and get good, really good, right in front of my eyes! I have loved every minute of it and it has kept me playing every day! So, in January, I held my first recital as a teacher. It was so great. My students were all a little nervous and I remember that feeling so well from my days doing recitals. It was so rewarding for me to watch them up there and I know they all benefited from a job well done!! I now have nine students and we have another recital slotted for November and they are already picking their pieces!!