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Today, I want to give you a couple personal examples of how music lessons benefit your child. But before I do, I want to thank my parents, Joe and Janette Sanders. Without them, I do not know where or who I would be.

Opportunity for Discovery

Music has always been a part of my life. One of my first experiences I can remember was being a little child. I was three or four singing folk hymns
at the top of my lungs.

My first experience with piano was was quite different.  I was 7 years old.

I climbed up on the bench and started banging on the piano like any young
boy does at that age. I remember enjoying the contrast between the higher finer tones when compared to the lower more resonant tones.

Then, all of a sudden, I ceased the banging and started playing more specific clusters of notes. I played them gently, not forcefully. The tones seemed to wash over me instead of being hammered in and through me.

Then I stopped, and played just one note.

And then, the note next to it.

Then both together. It was my first deliberate chord.

The notes inter-played with themselves and then with me.

I wondered what would happen if I added another note. Then wondered what would happen to this musical ball of energy if I started spacing the notes farther apart and closer together.

I should mention this was all happening on our old upright piano. On uprights, the sound board faces directly towards you.  So the sensation I felt was the soothing feeling of swimming in music.

It was wondrous and, I was hooked from then on.

I immediately got up and went to the kitchen where my mom was preparing dinner. I told her I made a song for her and wanted to start piano lessons. She said I was a bit too young and I could start when I was eight.

I can only speculate but I believe she told me this to make sure it wasn’t a passing fancy. It wasn’t. I continued making these improvised pieces and kept “hounding” her.

The six months of harassing finally paid off! I started my first “casual” lessons from a family friend, Diane Ding. Wow, I can still remember her name. I was seven and a half years old.

Confidence Builder

Diane was very pleased with my progress and suggested a recital at the end of  spring. It was successful. I ended my year two term wit a newly discovered talent and started my summer break with a success under my belt.

Music is an integral part of my life. It has shaped my perception of the world around me. It was an opportunity of discovery, and has positively built my confidence.

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Have you had an experience like this? Do you remember a moment where the epiphanies of discovery were so immense that it has shaped your life for the better.

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Thank you,

James

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