(End of lesson, last lesson of night)
“L – do you have any questions for me tonight?”
(6 year old, cutie pie, thinking long and hard)
“Yes, I do have one! Why did you become a piano teacher?”
“Well, I had a very fun piano teacher when I was growing up …”
”… and you wanted to be like her and be a very fun piano teacher?”
“Yes, and I also love music and piano and singing.”
“Well I love music and piano and singing, too!!”
“I know L – I can tell! You’re doing such a great job learning the piano!”
BIG SMILE and … as I’m walking out the door of her home, after my second hug of the night, she yells out “I LOVE YOU EMILY!”
“I love you too, L!”
So … yes – I am so grateful for my job. I am grateful for the years and years of piano lessons my parents paid for, drove me to, encouraged me to practice for and hung in there through my nerve-racking recitals.
I am grateful for the teachers who loved on me through music.
I am also grateful for those first students/parents who let me ‘learn’ how to teach and all of my students who continue to help me get better as a teacher as I learn from all of them.
I have many great, generous shoulders I stand and teach on each week and I’m grateful for everyone who has contributed to my career.