I am so grateful that Keeks has taken to the piano again. Last year was tough on her. Starting year seven, new school, new friend dynamics, new teachers, new expectations. On top of that she continued to have piano tutoring and then also took up percussion in the school band. It was her choice to do two – it would be good for her we thought, give her something to be passionate about. It was too much. School work suffered, practice suffered. We supported her through music exams, performances, lessons and tears.
This year, after talking long and hard with us over the Christmas school holidays, she decided that she should give up on band. We felt that having a break from piano would do her good as well. Her piano teacher supported us in this decision – maybe just for a term she said. Well, it’s been three terms and still no piano tutoring. The piano lay quiet for months. Only a few times would the lid be lifted and the ivories tinkled.
Until a family friend offered her the opportunity to take a place in a church community band. No pressure, just come along and be part of the team. That is what did it. Her return to the piano. For the past six weeks, we have been treated to the endless hours of practice. “Just getting this part right” is her usual answer to “Hows it going?” Truly music to my ears.
Grateful that Keeks has her music verve back. Grateful that she is enjoying it. Grateful for the beautiful noise that permeates our house once again.