Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Piano Recital

Today was Music Man's piano recital. It's been over a year since he started at The Academy of Fine Arts and he's performed in front of his own class numerous times, but this is the first time he has performed for a group of strangers. What was going to happen.

Well, the recital was at 5. His class was from 3-3:45. I made the decision to stick around and just wait for the 75 minutes between the end of his class and the start of the recital. I had my iPhone, hooked up to Netflix. Party Day is in our "Instant Queue". That would buy us 38 minutes. And then he would be able to play games on the phone.

Turns out it was a wise decision. He didn't have a particularly good music class. But after taking the time to de-stress, he was ready for the new experience. We practiced on the different piano and I could already tell he was more receptive than he had been for a while. Then the recital started.

He listened to several other students, including a classmate or two. When one of his girl classmates was playing her selections, she made a mistake but didn't realize it. Music Man DID. Uh, Oh!!!! Meltdown forthcoming!!!!! But no. He just stopped rocking to the music and looked at me as if to say, "That's not right!". He listened and when she finished, he applauded with the rest of the audience.

Then it was his turn.....

All right -- his performance was completely done as "hand over hand". But this is how he is normally. He allowed me to guide his hands. There was no fuss. He just wanted to play the "Happy Birthday Song", but was willing instead to play the expected "Hide and Seek". And the bows continued long after the camera was turned off.

He was proud of himself. And I was proud of him!

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