found that children have many levels of musical ability.
Robby. Robby was 11 years old when his mother (a single mom) dropped him off for his first piano lesson.
Over the months he tried and tried while I listened and cringed and tried to encourage him.
seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn ability.
to our lessons. I thought about calling him, but assumed, because of his lack of ability, that he had decided to pursue something else.
Several weeks later I mailed to the student’s homes a flyer on the upcoming recital. To my surprise Robby (who received a flyer) asked me if he could be in the recital. I told him that the recital was
for current pupils and because he had dropped out he really did not qualify. He said that his mom had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons, but he was still practicing.
would be all right.
The night for the recital came. The high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. I put Robby up last in the program before I was to come up and thank all the students
and play a finishing piece. I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and I could always salvage his poor performance through my “curtain closer.”
After six and a half minutes he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause. Overcome and in tears.
he was reportedly… playing the piano.