Aw Ingrid! I feel like we're becoming sisters here. It's so cool to share my love of music with all of you.
I've been playing piano since I was 11 years old. I started begging my mother for lessons since I was 5, but she said that it would be a waste of money. (I was begging for dance lessons too, and didn't get that either.)
When I was a young girl, I was SO in love with music. I admired anyone that could play piano. I just wanted to be a part of it so bad. Whenever anyone was playing piano, I would just stand there and stare.
My favorite class in school was music time, and our music teacher was Rebecca Kay. I loved her so much. One day, when I was in the 3rd grade, I took a song to class that I had written. She asked me to sing it for her, and I did. She was so encouraging. She sang it with me, and then told me it was a beautiful song.
The next day, she brought it back to me and showed me the notes she had written on a sheet of manuscript paper. She had written an accompaniment for my song! She asked me to sing it during every classes year-end assembly, and I agreed! I was SO excited!
Our school had 8 grades (1st through 8th), so I was able to stay out of class all day and sing that song over and over. It was the happiest day of my life. To make things even better, Mrs. Kay put a copy of my song on a bulletin board in the school. I felt like a Superstar! She was really a special lady.
She wrote a letter to my mother and said, "GET THIS GIRL IN PIANO LESSONS!" My mother finally agreed, but she wasn't going to buy a piano. No...that would be a waste of money. So, I started piano lessons (FINALLY) while practicing every day on a little tiny chord organ.
I LOVED lessons, and was flying through my books. One day, I was having trouble with one piece, and my teacher asked why. I told her, "Well I don't have all these keys to practice with at home." She asked what I was practicing with, and then she freaked out! She called my mother right then and there and said, "GET THIS GIRL A PIANO!"
So, I finally got my piano, and drove my family crazy practicing EVERY DAY for several hours. I just couldn't get enough of piano. When it was time for college, I chose to study music of course. And now, I make my entire living with piano, organ and voice. So, my mother was wrong. It was NOT a waste of money!