". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Faint Praise?

In our ongoing efforts at balancing the family budget my husband and I are both taking on some additional piano students. One of those is the 6-year-old daughter of one of our choir members. This young lady's mother called me earlier in the week to discuss lessons and related to me a conversation with her daughter, who notwithstanding her tender years, already has some strong opinions about what she wants to do. She informed her mother that she desired to begin taking piano lessons with me but that when she gets "really good" she wants to switch to the Cantor.

I don't know whether to be flattered that she chose me first or insulted that her ultimate goal is my husband. I think I'll choose the former!


Presbytera said...

In an ongoing effort to staff our youngest SS class, the 3 oldest students in my class offered to do the teaching. I didn't know whether to be flattered that they have learned enough to teach or be insulted that they wanted to leave my class. I chose the former : )

elephantschild said...

Sounds like the kind of snotty thing I keep trying to get my kid NOT to say. /wry grin

Which reminds me, I've been meaning to email asking some opinions on when and if to start piano with aforementioned tactless daughter!

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AmusedMomma said...

Well, one must have a firm foundation in the basics of piano and music theory to advance. When one has that firm foundation, then they can build upon it. Perhaps that view will help when you think of these students.