Yesterday we had our spring recital for piano. These four did a great job and had been preparing for weeks to perform for their families and it was fun for all of us to listen and watch as they did their thing. There were a lot of smiles and I was so proud of them.
Kodi played "Fairies Harp" and the one that she picked from the friend herself, "As a Child of God". She is a very meticulous pianist and her skinny little fingers are always so careful. She likes to stretch her hands out and loves playing chords.
Ksenya played, "On Yonder Rock Reclining" and "In the Leafy Treetops." She really likes the songs with repetition in the left hand and moving parts. She gets frustrated easily, but when she decides she likes a song she will practice diligently until she can play fast.
Gideon played, "From a Wigwam" and "Home on the range". He likes playing from memory (and gets in trouble for it) and practices until he can play his songs with his eyes closed really fast. He tries hard to count his music and sometimes adds beats to measures at random.
Kabe played, "The Marines Hymn" and "We'll Bring the world His Truth". Kabe likes to play with Mom accompanying him and has taken on a new diligence in his practice since we instigated the rule that he can play the Wii as soon as he practices his piano. He has a more natural rhythm than most and enjoys the security net of practicing with me sitting next to him.
What good kids. I sat listening and realized, "holy cow! they are really playing music!" It hit me that our babies are growing up so fast and soon we'll be having 'real' concerts to attend. Yikes. I'm so glad I get to be their teacher for now and that so far, they have been fairly compliant about learning from Mom and "Aunt Toni".