Yesterday Meg and Clare began piano lessons. I am so excited. I grew up playing piano. In fact, for many years I was a church pianist. But then there were many years during which I had little access to a piano and my skills went downhill fast.
In January, my husband gave me the go ahead to buy an digital piano. We both wanted the girls to take piano lessons and we realized that Meg was nearing the age at which she should begin. We weren't ready for the space commitment of an actual piano, though I do love real, acoustic pianos. Our house has that narrow row-house design and there are few walls on which we could place a piano. It would require major redecorating. So we opted for an digital piano which we could have up when we needed it and put away when we did not need it. It is a full-size keyboard and is music teacher approved. If one of our girls truly takes to piano, then we'll revisit fitting in an actual piano. But piano may prove to be simply an introduction to music--and that's fine. In a few years, they will have the option to move to string instruments, brass or wood winds through their school's excellent music program. Meg and Clare both have their eye on the violin.
We thought Meg would begin piano lessons in the Spring but then she broke her finger. By the time we were able to schedule lessons, Clare was old enough to begin as well. So they are beginning this musical journey together. As for me, I'm enjoying having the chance to play again. I'm struggling through some of my favorite pieces but enjoying every minute of it.