When I started at 9 years old, I found piano very difficult to learn. I could put a melody together, and that was about it. I wasn’t able to read music. One thing I will always be grateful for is Avril teaching me piano via Suzuki. Japanese violinist Shin’ichi Suzuki (1898–1998) developed a method of learning to play music by ear. He based his theory on the premise that children, mostly, learn to speak before they learn to read.

So by listening to music, instead of reading it at first, would allow one to learn in this way. Not only did I learn to play by ear, but also learned to read music too! I highly recommend it.

The word “Andante” in musical terms means; at a walking pace. With learning music, Avril would make sure I wasn’t playing the piece too fast or too slow.  With dynamics, she made sure I wasn’t playing the notes too loud or too soft.

I believe the success and enjoyment of learning music is paying attention to the details. And couldn’t we say this too, about life? It’s along the road of life where we meet those individuals like Avril that can take us from where we are to where we want to be.

Whether we’re struggling to learn piano, math in school, or dealing with a family matter. It can be really inspiring to have someone who believes in us and will walk with us along the way. And by walking and not rushing, we can take our time by learning what we need to for a better chance of accomplishing our goals and dreams.

As I returned from New York, it reminded me how thankful I’ve been. For those I’ve met, or for those I’ve known for a while, I can thank them for the success I’ve had on my road to life. Making sure I’m staying true to not only the “details,” but making sure I’m staying true to myself. Thanks, Avril. 🙂


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