My Son....the Budding Conductor and Pianist
I'm so thrilled. My son Cody has taken an interest in playing the piano. I couldn't be happier. I have tried very hard, not only as his mom, but also as a piano and voice instructor, to not push him into playing. I have tried to nurture his desire to play by only giving him a lesson when he asks. So far, we've had three formal lessons. The rest of the time he is playing songs by ear. His favorites are the "Superman" theme, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "America the Beautiful" and "Jesus Loves Me." He spends much of his time playing and plunking out (by ear) whatever the song choice is for the day. Like mother like son.
My studio will be holding a recital in May, and I made sure I didn't ask Cody to participate...on purpose. I didn't want him to feel pushed and I figured he'd tell me if and when he was ready to perform. A couple weeks ago he approached me and said he wanted to play in the recital. Again, BURSTING with excitement, but acting like it's no big deal. I walk a very fine line!
So my little Cody will be performing the Superman Theme. However, he's been very explicit in his instructions. "Mom. Make sure the people watching know that this is not a words song. No one is going to be singing along. I'm just going to play it. "
Okay, buddy. Sheesh! He's already becoming a temperamental musician! : )