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"My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story #2743027
06/08/18 11:42 AM
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This has nothing to do with my own experience(I'm not a piano teacher) but is the title of an article in the latest issue of Clavier Companion. I will try to summarize it briefly. The author is Eric Treat, Professor of Music at the University of Dayton.

First he talks about how hard saying goodbye to some students can be. I can vouch for that since I was a high school math teacher for 36 years. But then he says none of those goodbyes were as hard as the lesson he is about to describe.

He began teaching Justin, who was blind, as a teenager. Justin was a fantastic student who learned by ear and by touching his teacher's hands while the teacher played a piece. Justin was incredibly enthusiastic and often arrived early for lessons. He became so good that he won a concerto competition and amazed everyone with his accuracy on leaps.

One day his teacher was waiting in the hallway outside his studio when another faculty member walked by. "Got a lesson?" he asked.

"Soon, Justin usually shows up early," I beamed. "What a terrific student, and his parents are so supportive-an ideal family."

"Oh, those are his adoptive parents," my older colleague shook his head. "His birth parents were bad news-drug users, really messed up. They poked out his eyes with a stick when he was a baby.'

Needless to say, the lesson that followed was incredibly painful for the teacher although he, of course, did not talk about what he had just learned.

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Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743049
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Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743130
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Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743145
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Holy what even. Incredible. I'm dumbfounded.


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Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743188
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Both disgusting and uplifting.

Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743221
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People with disabilities often struggle playing the piano. I've seen who have no hands play with their feet on TV talent shows. One of my latest find is the ambitious young man Darrius Simmons in the US who was born with fingers missing on both hands. His playing of the "River Flows in You" by the Korean songwriter Yiruma was so inspiration that Yiruma flew to NY to perform on stage with Darrius at Carnegie Hall. Seeing Darrius without fingers we think of him with a disability but he thinks he is as normal as anybody with 5 fingers on both hands. Someone like Darrius would be the perfect student for any piano teacher.

The River Flows In You cover by Yiruma - take 2

Re: "My hardest lesson ever": A sad but uplifting story [Re: pianoloverus] #2743230
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There is a blind musician in my area, trained in both classical (with a performance degree) and jazz.... who believes that others may see his blindness as a handicap, but he views it as an advantage.


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