Paprika (9) and Ginger (6) had their piano recital on Sunday. It was Ginger’s very first piano recital, since she just started taking lessons a few months ago.
She played a song called “The Greatest Show on Earth“:
This is Paprika’s third year taking piano lessons. She played two songs. The first was Prelude in C, and the second was The Merry Farmer by Schumann. For some reason, The Merry Farmer always reminds me of The Wizard of Oz (when Dorothy was in still Kansas). But, I might be making that up!
Anyway – here is Paprika’s performance:
After the recital, we made sure to get a picture of Paprika and Ginger with their teacher, Ryan. During Paprika’s first year taking lessons, she had two different piano teachers, and they weren’t the best fit. We found our perfect match in Ryan. He is so patient and talented. We’re so grateful for him!
I had Baby Ellie on my lap for the whole recital (about an hour) – and right during her naptime! She did great – she was a little squirmy, so I excused myself between performances a few times and walked with her out in the hallway. She was so excited by the music, she clapped and wanted to sing!
Violet (4) wants to take piano lessons SO badly. She behaved amazingly well today during the recital. Violet’s personality is so easygoing and carefree, independent and fun. She is delightful and was just perfect during the whole performance. I know she wanted to be on-stage, and she even commented (when we got home) that she could play one of the songs the other kids played (because she can). She taught herself to play a few songs by going through Ginger and Paprika’s old piano books. So, who knows – maybe next year we’ll have three performers at the recital? We shall see!
After the recital, Baby Ellie fell asleep immediately on the car ride home. We had promised to take the girls to their favorite restaurant (Carl’s Jr.) after the recital. So, we parked the van and I waited with Ellie while she slept. The big girls and Mr. M dined in at the restaurant for a special Daddy-Daughter lunch. It actually worked out perfectly, all things considered.
Before we left for the recital, I snapped a few photos of the girls piled up on the couch. Ginger really wanted to wear her pajamas to the recital (haha) – but we talked her into wearing a dress and brushing her hair. So, obviously, I had to take a picture to mark the occasion. 🙂
Our music school only does piano recitals twice/year – the next one will be in June! So, it was quite a special day and one that the girls worked hard towards for months. I was so proud of them, I could burst. I’m always proud of them – but you know what I mean…I just love to see them so excited and confident in themselves. It doesn’t come easy sometimes, and the effort is always worth it.
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