My First SM Open Stage
Kathleen F., Kansas
I, too, just had my first SM “recital”. It was a great experience! I switched over my traditional students and began teaching SM in January this year. (I’m expecting my 2nd baby any day now and wanted to give the students a chance to play before we take a break for 8 weeks so I can get accustomed to my new schedule.) I had 13 students who played – none having had more than 14 lessons, so we had Level 1 songs and arrangements to work with. Some who had more prior experience have learned several arrangements to keep things challenging. Something new I did for this recital was send out postcards that I had made on the computer that were set up as invitations. I let the students have as many as they would use to send to family, friends and relatives. We had a good turnout – probably 75-100 people. At Christmas this year there were probably only 25 people at our recital for basically the same group of students. (I teach several groups of siblings, so there are only 7 families represented.)
I’d like to share one specific story from the recital. I just began teaching a 60-year-old lady that had approached me at church and said that she really wanted to learn to play the piano. She wasn’t sure if she was too old to learn, but had always wanted to. I talked to her about SM and told her that maybe she would want to start in August after I started up again after my maternity break. She called me the next day and said that she had talked with her husband and really wanted to start learning. She was ready to start ASAP. So, I told her we could start that week. Her 2nd lesson was the week of our recital. She came and played Dreams Come True beautifully and I asked her if she’d like to play it for people at the recital the following night. She agreed and did great. She was great proof that the SM works just like it says it does. 2 weeks before she only dreamed of playing the piano and that night she played a song for almost 100 people!
Original discussion started May 16, 2004