For at least two years, I’ve told Jordan to wait until second grade to start piano lessons. That’s the grade her brother started and I promised it’s when she could jump in. So two days into second grade, she got to take her very first piano lesson.
On our way to her lesson, Jordan was a little nervous. She asked me if it was going to be difficult. I told her she would be able to learn on her own terms. If it’s too difficult, we’ll step back and take it a little slower. From watching her during her first lesson, I don’t think Jordan will need to take it slow at all. She jumped in and listened and was SO excited to practice piano. So much so, she told me she wished she could take piano lessons every day.
Along with that excitement, Jordan decided she did not want to learn one-handed piano. She wants to learn one-handed and one-arm piano. It’s a skill she’s been trying to build during random non-trained time in front of the piano in our house. Her brother taught her how to play Hot Cross Buns and she figured out how to play it with her hand and arm. So, her teacher is working on a way to teach Jordan how to read music in a bit of a different way, but not too different. I’m so thrilled to have a wonderful teacher who knows my family and is willing to get creative. Here’s a tiny peek into Jordan’s first lesson:
I couldn’t give Jordan’s teacher any tips. At the start, I let Jordan tell us how she wanted to learn. Adding in a one-armed playing style makes sense. I’m proud she showed us the way. She always figures stuff out when we give her space and let her try.