Well, I do believe that I will end this series for now. Maybe in a year or so, I’ll revisit the topic with some more thoughts.
Haven’t read the other posts yet? Here are the links:
To close, I’d thought I’d share a few funny comments from… ahem… my student.
It’s come to my attention that Hope is not unlike other students at all; she frequently blames her mom for the fact that she hasn’t practiced.
Unfortunately for her (and me!), I am her mom.
This week it was, “Yeah, we didn’t practice that too much, because I kept asking my mom if we could do it and she kept saying, “Not right now,” but then we never did do it.
Okay, partly true, but definitely blame-shifting!
“I didn’t do my theory because my mom never remembered to help me with it.”
Have I mentioned I have four kids five and under?
“So, I didn’t practice very much this week, but it wasn’t my fault. We were really busy.”
Oh, but I take it all in stride. Mrs. _____ knows the truth. One, that Hope is a perfectly typical little girl who loves to practice, but also doesn’t always quite do it the way she should, regardless of me; two, that I’m a just a mom with all the imperfections, busyness, and priority struggles of every other mom.
All this means that our weeks of practice follow a very normal pattern for beginning piano students, and I think that’s probably a good thing.
Thank you so much for reading! If any of this has been helpful or interesting, I’d love to hear your feedback. I know there are other moms out there doing the same thing, so I’d love to hear what has worked for you. Hope you’re having a lovely week!