Isaac has been taking piano lessons and he keeps telling me that I need to remember that he isn’t very good anymore since he took the summer off. He hates practicing and it is a lot of work to make him. I almost wonder why I am paying someone to teach him piano so that I can do all the work of making him practice everyday.

Some days it is easier than others. When he has a song that he really loves to play, it is easy. Last year he learned “Once There Was a Snowman” and that was hard to get him to play anything else because he loved that song so much. Right now he is playing little simple songs and his main focus is on learning to read the notes on the staff. Just for fun, I thought I would let him see if he recognized any of the notes in his favorite song “Scripture Power” so I got it out and showed the music to him. He recognized lots of the notes and was thrilled when he played some of it recognizably. Now each time he passes the piano, he just has to sit down and play the part he knows.

It is so cool how the piano, once his nemesis, has now magically turned into his favorite thing!


Mindy October 2, 2007 at 2:09 p.m.

Way to go to motivate him Ily! Janae goes through phases too where she doesn't want to practice but then loves it when there is a song she likes. Hopefully they'll stick with it.

shannon October 2, 2007 at 10:32 p.m.

how fun that he is finally enjoying it! Although, we're thinking of starting Conner in piano lessons soon and I'm not looking forward to making him practice. I remember what a pain I was for my mom.

Karen October 26, 2007 at 11:45 a.m.

So cool that he likes the piano. I was teaching Brianna and I think that she has a natural talent. However, she can be quite stubborn and so can I. So, between the two of us we ended up butting heads a lot. It became a battle and I eventually decided it wasn't worth it for the time being. She still sits down to play once in a while, but I haven't pushed the lessons anymore!