When I first started teaching piano to the children of a few friends, I had no idea that it was actually going to become a thing. At that point in time, it was more like a hobby. I was working full-time, so I’d just pop over their houses after work and give their kids a free lesson. I had thought, “Hey, why not?” I had over 13 years of private lessons under my belt, and I had continued playing both for weddings and for church. Teaching was just another way that I could challenge myself musically.
The thing that shocked me, however, was that my handful of students actually learned. Like they were doing really well… My hubby had believed in me from the beginning, and he just kind of shrugged and said, “What did you expect?”
I don’t know what I had expected. But I certainly wasn’t prepared for the rush I felt, when those kiddos began to play an instrument that I had been passionate about for years. I suddenly realized that it was so much more than just teaching a child to read notes. I was sharing a love of music with them. And that love of music doesn’t just happen overnight. It begins with lots of practice and dedication (which often isn’t fun) that eventually grows into a beautiful talent and passion.
It’s a process… and I was excited to be a part of it!
So although it was terrifying when I did it, quitting my full-time job last January in order to teach part-time just felt right. I knew that I wanted to be home as much as possible once I had a kiddo of my own. And I also knew that teaching piano was something that I truly believed in.
Flash forward to this month, and I’m up to 18 students (soon to be 23 students come this fall, which means I’m officially full right now). AND I had my first ever piano recital on Thursday. 🙂
As I was setting up and getting ready before the students arrived at the church, I paused a moment and thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, I am going to be hosting my first ever recital tonight!” And it blew me away!! I had played in that very church for my first recital at the age of 6 all the way to my last recital at the age of 18. Never had I imagined that one day I’d be the piano teacher!
The evening turned out SO very well! Granted, since it was my first, there are definitely things that I will do differently (a.k.a. better) next year, but – still – I’m happy with it! I definitely received positive feedback from the parents, which was encouraging!! And the students did so incredibly well! Wow, I am SO proud of them!!!
I also played a duet with my piano teacher who was there to cheer me on, and that was really special. 🙂
Now I have just this week of lessons, and then I’m on vacation until the end of July! I’m really looking forward to slowing down this upcoming month and to regrouping for another great year of lessons. But mostly, I’m looking forward to spending LOTS of quality time with the hubby and tater tot! 🙂