Debussy…Practice Makes Perfect

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Practice, practice, practice 95mm, f/2.8, 1/400s, ISO 3200

I recently posted this on Google+ but thought I’d share it here too.

It seems like the piano goes 24/7 in the house, which is a good thing when the music is Debussy, Beethoven Sonatas, incredible arrangements of the Pirates theme, beautifully improvised hymns, etc. Sometimes “The Little Indian Song” can wear on you though (a couple young ones are just starting out) πŸ™‚

Having our own regrets about quitting music lessons and hearing so many others express those same regrets, we’ve always “made” our kids take piano lessons until they were 18 under pain of death and all that (for the record it’s never been a real problem to keep them going). They could learn other instruments too but piano was a must. Without exception our children (age 24 and down) have expressed great gratitude for our rigidness in this. I don’t believe any child actually kept up with lessons until age 18 but that was because proficiency, rather than an arbitrary timeframe, was our goal. All were quite good before age 18 and a couple even played in UT’s Bates Recital Hall. The daughter pictured here requested on her own to start lessons again even after we said she could be done — she enjoys it.

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9 responses

  1. adrianduque89

    I hope she continues her musical studies! Music is a powerful thing!

    March 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    • She’s pretty committed — I bet she’ll go for a long time!

      March 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

      • adrianduque89

        That would be awesome if she does!

        March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  2. Thanks Mom and Dad for keeping us going even during those times when we did want to quit! I can’t even imagine not playing piano or violin. And the opportunities it has opened up…thank you so much!

    March 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    • You’re welcome. Nice profile picture πŸ™‚

      March 8, 2012 at 12:34 am

  3. Such a beautiful talent to have. As an adult, I have wished many times that I had become involved in some type of musical lessons. So great that you had an expectation of them and followed through. Too many parents allow their children to quit things nowadays…as someone who works with children, I feel it’s really important to instill a certain responsibility and expectation in our kids.

    March 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • I agree. Too many parents let allow quitters — or are quitters themselves because they aren’t tough enough to deal with a bit of whining and complaining πŸ™‚

      March 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

  4. Micheal, I think it’s great that you do this! All our kids play some kind of musical instrument (violin, flute, guitar, drums). It’s a shame more parents don’t expose their kids to classical music (perhaps because they were never exposed?), I really think it’s important for kids to appreciate the greats!

    About the image, I really like it! Love the dutch angle you have going, the reds are wonderful, the sharpness of the sheet music…all work really well!

    March 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    • I’m glad to hear that you’re doing that too. I really wasn’t exposed to classical music as a kid (not much anyway) but am glad that I didn’t miss out for my whole life πŸ™‚ There is so much good music out there! A friend of mine who doesn’t care for classical (and whose favorite music is Iron Maiden) even admitted “there’s something to be said for 400 year old music that is still being played and recorded by lots of people”.

      March 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

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