Each year, I ask our students to set Music New Year Resolutions! Each year our students amaze me!
This past year, I was especially amazed by a particular young man who has studied the piano with me for nearly 3 years! He set out to achieve a practice goal that was pretty lofty for him. His mom appeared as surprised by this goal as I was. We all agreed and supported him. Week after week, after week he met his 2015 New Year Resolution of practicing enough to earn a little ticket for my practice jar. While he was working on this resolution he started flying through his books and learning new material with ease. His confidence grew right along with his set of skills. I was ecstatic to discover that his hard work earned him the title of our 2015 Practice Jar Winner AND a $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card. I was a misty eyed mess inside telling this story in front of him and all of our guests at our Annual Winter Holiday Recital. (And I could not look at his proud mom in the audience either!) His proud smile was worth a year of hard work for all of us! Congratulations Max! You are an inspiration to our entire studio family! I cannot wait to see what you accomplish in 2016!