When I started a piano studio in 2007, I thought it might be kind of fun to teach a few kids where middle C was and maybe how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".
I had no idea what was in store for me let alone my students! I had no idea my students would teach me more then I could ever teach them. I had no idea that these students could bring me such love, joy and pride.
Take a look at the young, little, adorable girl in pig tails proudly holding her first Primer Level Certificate in the photo on the right. Her name is Jaime and she started lessons with me in January of 2008. She still has weekly on-line lessons with me even though I moved to a whole different state! The photo directly above was taken 2 summers ago when I visited her for a lesson in her home! (Her awesome brother has also studied with me in addition to their amazing mom who was our photographer).
This week she sent me a clip of her performing and she melted my heart and brought a flood of happy tears to my face yet again! Listen to the clip of her singing and playing the piano which is at the top of the blog. I have listened to this a half dozen times and I cannot listen without crying. It was an amazing anniversary gift! Jaime has grown into an incredible musician. Not only does she play the piano, she plays the saxophone, viola, and guitar. She sings and acts with her school chorus, and theater productions. Jaime is an artist and truly a beautiful young woman! I am honored to have been a part of her musical journey for so many years. Jaime's story truly proves to me that I have an important role in my students' lives. Students like Jaime keep me focused and motivated to keep doing what I do. However, if I had some of Jaime's energy - I could get a little more accomplished.
Thank you Jaime! Thank you to your family! I truly appreciate you and feel incredibly blessed that we have had a fantastic journey together! I can't wait to see where we go next!