Ever since she was in kindergarten, Vicki has wanted to be in the school talent show. She's a talented kid, no doubt about it, but she hasn't had many talents that are show worthy, if you know what I mean. You can't really get up on stage and speed read and make a connection with your audience. Last year she wanted to play the piano, and I had to point out to her that 1. she didn't know any songs, and 2. we didn't have a piano. It was heartbreaking.
But then last summer we got a piano. In October she began taking lessons. She is her teacher's only student (apart from her own children), so there hasn't really been an opportunity for recitals or anything like that. But she was determined to play in the talent show this year and she's been working for the past few months on her piece. She's gifted with a natural ear for music and things tend to come very easily to her, but she also has the downfall of becoming very discouraged when things don't come so easily, so mastering this piece has been a bit of a mountain for her to climb. We finally worked out a practice schedule that works well for everyone involved, and the improvement over the last month or so has been astounding.
She may not have been the most polished pianist at the talent show this morning, but I still think she was the star.