Monday, October 6, 2008

Things that are New, Part Tew

After a conversation with one of my brothers, I realized that I'm not being very good about letting everyone know what's going on in our life. I think I've tended to just tell Mom, and then kinda depend on her to spread the information around to the siblings. Works ok, as long as Mother isn't slogging through a semester of demanding classes...

So, what has Rebecca been doing since finishing school? Glad you asked! Right about the time that we were trying to figure that out ourselves, a sister in our ward grabbed me during church and asked, "Do you teach piano lessons?" "Well, no, but I've been thinking about starting!" "Great, because I have a whole bunch of piano students who will need a new teacher when I move this summer!" :-o How amazing is that?

Starting my own little piano business called for a new, full-sized instrument. (We had only had Tim's keyboard up to that point--a great instrument, but only about 64 keys.) Thanks to some good financial management and an economic stimulus package occurring at just the right time, we now have this beauty:

Piano teaching is quite a challenge, but I'm loving it! I have 15 students right now. I would be very happy for lots of advice and wisdom from my musical relatives, or anyone else who's had experience. My Mom is right--you don't really learn piano until you start teaching it yourself. :-)


Hannah S said...

wow! That's a lot of students! And what a blessing! The only advice I have...from being a student from 8-16 years old. My teacher had us buy a spiral notebook. Each week she would record the date, what we had worked on that day and what our assignment was for that week. She didn't do anything fancy like stickers. Sometimes she would give us a compliment like "great lesson this week!" I really liked it too bcse her handwriting was so neat and nice to look at. That was the biggest motivation to practice. Well, not really. But I liked knowing what I needed to practice, especially if I forgot.

Annie said...

Oh how wonderful. I'm so glad that worked out. Now, what are you going to do with that old piano you left at your apartment when you were single? :)