35 Days of Favorites: Teaching Anika Piano

Once upon a time, I was a piano teacher.

I spent eight years of my life teaching a little crowd of students, and I completely loved it.

When I wasn’t teaching piano, I was practicing my own music, any spare minute I had, getting ready for my teacher’s exam.

I’ve written before about how I lost the ability to play, and for many years, I dealt with it by blocking it out of my mind. During the five years we lived at camp, I just took a break from it all. There weren’t any students to teach, and I didn’t have the strength in my arms to play, anyway.

But slowly, with time, things have been getting better, and I’m able to play a very tiny little bit.

And now we’re back in Niverville again, and I could teach if I wanted to, but I’m trying to figure out what exactly it is that I want.

In the meantime, I’ve been teaching Anika how to play piano, as well as my friend’s daughter, and it has been bringing me such immense joy.

There is just something about being able to pass on my love for this instrument to my own girl. I love it that she wants to sit down at the piano many times a day. I love seeing how quickly and easily she catches on to the new concepts I’m teaching her.

Anika playing piano

Because I blocked my love for music and playing the piano out of my life for five years, I never realized how much I want Anika to love playing.

We have friends who love biking. I have never met anyone as passionate about biking as they are. When their daughter learned to bike, it was a HUGE deal to them. I didn’t completely understand it, until Anika learned to play piano.

I think we just want to pass our joys and passions on to our kids. We want to share in things with them. It always brings me joy when our girls do well at something, or succeed at learning something new, but it’s extra special when it happens to be something we love, too.

Have you been able to pass on a skill or hobby to someone you love? Do you wish you could help someone learn something you love to do yourself? (We’re nearing the end of “35 Days of Favorites”, and anyone who comments during this series has a chance at winning a prize! )


5 thoughts on “35 Days of Favorites: Teaching Anika Piano

  1. My skills and hobbies are things like sewing and scrapbooking. My daughter tells her friends that she doesn’t have to learn these things because I will always do them for her! And it’s probably true. We both enjoy shopping, decorating, photography and chick flicks so that really is plenty to have in common. As a homeschooling family, we really don’t have to do EVERYTHING together!

    I love to see my husband and son share their hobbies – and they are passionate about their hobbies!

    I can’t imagine how sad it is for families where the parents and children don’t have anything in common. I’m not sure how I would handle that. I suppose as a parent I would sacrifice what I want to do for what my daughter wants to do. Thankfully, I don’t have to!

  2. Yes, I would say there is immense pleasure in watching your children learn what you love to do. I have been teaching Payton sewing and cooking, both of which he enjoys doing. I would also add that even if they don’t end up loving what I do, teaching them is important anyway and then they can figure out if they love it or not. I do agree with Laurie, when parents and children don’t have anything in common. But I would add that I think it is more sad when parents don’t teach their children anything except what is absolutely required. Or rely on the school for all the educating. Payton is only 10 and I am teaching him to cook and sew and we do some wood-working together – some of these skills he will use again, some he may not. But I want him to be able to take care of himself if he remains single well into his 20s or even 30s.

  3. Well i love to sing it’s my greatest joy and so far all my kids are musical. It makes me so happy to hear them sing along with our local praise station.

  4. Oh, Kendra, how I LOVED to read your status!!!
    It’s wonderful to hear you getting back to piano!!! I remember filling in teaching for you when you had to take a break. I felt so-o-o sad that you were unable do your ARCT!!
    You were such a great inspiration to your students!! So neat you can teach your daughter!!
    I have 8 grandkids, ages 9 – 19 – all totally involved in piano!! The oldest is working on her AR right now and the youngest just did his Gr. 2 piano exam, and all the others in between.
    It’s WONDERFUL to see their love for music and such a thrill for proud Grammaand Grampa!!
    At our 50th anniv. the grandkids all performed – 3 eldest did a violin trio, middle 2 did a piano duet, the youngest 3 did a song with bells (in harmony). For a prelude, during lunch, everyone of them played their festival piano pieces.
    Then our son-in-law, with his 3 sons sang an Irish Rover song without accompaiment!! What a thrill for Jake and me!! We LOVED it!!
    Yes, it’s great to share that love for music!!! – Joyce

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Joyce! I still think of you when I’m teaching piano!

      How amazing to have so many musical grandchildren! While I have thought of passing music on to my girls, I’ve never thought so far as to imagine passing it on to my grandchildren!! How special!

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