Wednesday, October 23
The Sound of Music...
For awhile now, Father John and I have been discussing music lessons. We both had piano instruction growing up and sing in church, and we hope that we can foster some musical ability in our little ones. We decided that we wanted to invest in a piano sometime last year, but with all the goings-on at the church, we did nothing about it.
Once the school year started up, I began thinking about piano lessons more. We would talk about it and plan to look for pianos sometime soon. It was all very vague. On Friday of last week, I idly looked up desks (we're looking for one for Sugar Plum... though as of tonight, we seem to have found a solution that we already had!) and pianos on Craig's List. I showed Father John some of the ones that I found and then went off to take care of the children. Excitedly, Father called me back to the office to show me a 100 year old single strung English piano that was gorgeous and unique. We e-mailed the people selling and made an appointment to see it (with some parishioners that are professional pianists) on Tuesday night and by lunch time today, this beauty was in our playroom waiting to fill our house with music! It needs a little work, but the couple that sold it to us gave it to us for a song (ha!)!
I remember going to buy a piano with my mother and father when I was a little girl, and I really think that our little ones will remember our piano outing when they get older. The couple who was selling the piano were so nice and accommodating to our family. They had two little cats (Inky and JoJo) and allowed the children to play with them and feed them little cat treats. Their home overlooked a harbor with boats docked and we were able to watch the sun set from their many windows while the piano was inspected and the couple told us about their family. It was very sweet!
Sugar Plum seems to be the most eager about lessons and has been "playing" away for the whole day. We'll be getting a piano book soon and then Father John will begin reacquainting himself with playing and then will start teaching the little ones. I really think that it will be a great thing for him and for the children... it is good for them to each get to spend some time with him learning something new!
Do you have any suggestions for piano books? I saw that Teaching Little Fingers to Play has good reviews and I seem to remember using it when I was a little girl, but that was obviously a long time ago!