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Little Fingers of Love: A Dedication to Young Piano Students

Audrey's love for piano began at age six. She's is a professional pianist for cruises, hotels and community events. Teaching is her passion.

Two sisters having their weekly lesson.

Two sisters having their weekly lesson.

Dedicated to All The Little Fingers That Have Played Upon My Piano

Just look at those little fingers capturing music with the touch of the piano. What a sight to behold! After 45 years of teaching, nothing excites me more than a smile coming from the face of a child when they accomplish the final step for learning a song. A child's introduction to music can cast a major influence on them for the rest of their lives. Whether they are beginners or masters of the pianoforte, each one finds their way to my heart.

Children are very special. They come to me with a beautiful innocence and trust. To think that these little minds and hands will be molded, with my help, is humbling. I want their self-esteem to grow with each lesson. I make sure that the guidance that I provide for them is filled with praise for each small effort. Criticism is not part of my teaching plan. Instead, I creatively guide each one to correction, gently and patiently, praising them all the way.

My poem is a dedication and appreciation for all the years of pure joy that has come my way through teaching piano.

I Teach Because I Love Music and People

With one of my former students, Kristen Metzenger, now a graduate of a prestigeous music school in Nashville, Tn.

With one of my former students, Kristen Metzenger, now a graduate of a prestigeous music school in Nashville, Tn.

In my studio ready to welcome the day's piano students.

In my studio ready to welcome the day's piano students.

Little Fingers of Love


Little fingers at the piano exploring musical sounds

Eager to learn and ready to play, with a joy which knows no bounds


Little eyes so wide with wonder waiting for a song

A simple little melody to last their whole life long


Little ears that listen to every word I say

And for just a moment, I feel like a queen for a day


Little lips that count out loud to get the rhythm right

And ‘though it isn’t easy, they try with all their might


Little hearts so pure and sweet in every girl and boy

Beat to the music all your life and bring you peace and joy


A time will come when I'll not be a teacher and friend

But remember this, and never forget, I'll love you to the end


Thank you for the little fingers, little eyes and ears

Little lips and little hearts to give me joy for years


Little thank you’s from my heart for all you’ve taught me too

Little lessons to be learned and all because of you


Little ones, this is my way, of letting you all know

Your music is a part of me wherever I will go


Little faces stay with me in every star above

Always to remember, you’ve filled my heart with love

Little Lessons I Have Learned

Children have the wonderful ability to find joy all around them. Even the most non-significant thing can become interesting and playful through a child's imagination. They are willing and ready to try new things.

I've had the privilege and joy of learning from these precious children through teaching piano and voice. These are a few little lessons I have learned:

  • Remember to laugh every day.
  • Play outside when weather permits.
  • Don't be afraid to try new things.
  • Love yourself unconditionally.
  • Learn to find wonder in small things.
  • Forgive yourself and others.
  • It's okay to openly express myself.
  • Pay attention to my needs.
  • Try new things and experiences.
  • Be curious and ask more questions.
  • Do what makes you happy.
  • Learn something new each day.
  • Be Brave. If you fail, try again. If you fall, get back up with even more determination.

Never to Old to Live Your Dream

Phyllis, age 90, learns to play piano for the first time.

Phyllis, age 90, learns to play piano for the first time.

Thanks to Teachers

So often, we show gratitude, as parents, to those teachers who dedicate their lives teaching children. And we should. They put in hours of preparation, studying, and planning. They show up, rain or shine, day after day, to a classroom full of faces, from every type of background. And we should be grateful. They more than earn every underpaid dollar they make.

My background includes years of teaching music in classrooms with students ranging from ages 17 to 90. The photo above shows Phyllis, age 90, starting beginning lessons with me at age 90. This lady is as sharp as they come.

In Conclusion

We are all teachers to some degree. Whether we are parents, siblings, mentors, teachers or otherwise. We have an opportunity to teach every day. We can even teach by example and in fact many times this is the best way to get a lesson across.

As we teach other people, we are also learning. Oftentimes, the learning process is so automatic, we fail to realize that we are, indeed, learning and growing.

Children are far smarter than we realize. Their brains are more active then they will ever be again. They discover and then they master what they discover. Children need to feel loved and they will through the way they are touched, through an approving glance and hearing the words "I love you." Spending quality time with a child reassures them that they are important to you.

When we are open to the possibility of learning from others, regardless of the age, many of our own questions are answered. Our brains are stimulated as we assemble new knowledge. Often what we learn isn't new, first-time knowledge, it's a gentle reminder of what we already know but have failed to remember.

I'm forever grateful for every little lesson I've learned from others, especially those young, eager, little ones, eager to play my piano.

Source

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/16/education/edlife/how-we-learn.html

https://www.purposefairy.com/69009/7-precious-gifts-every-parent-should-offer-their-child/

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 15, 2014:

Jodah - Oh yes I do love teaching music. Nice of you to notice. Thanks for being here and enjoy your day. - Audrey

ChitrangadaSharan - Thank you kindly for the meaning of your name. It fits you. And it could be my name as well :) Blessings - Audrey

Vellur - My heart smiles when I read your lovely comments and know that you've been here.

Harishprasad - Oh, how very deeply your kind and generous words have touched me. To know that another understands you and the passion that permeates from the soul !

My eyes filled with tears as I lingered on each word you have so lovingly shared with me. I feel that I have been given a gift as I read through your comments to me. Thank you, dear friend. May love, ecstasy and peace go with you ~ Audrey

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 30, 2014:

Audrey, one thing I noticed in this beautiful poem and which strikes me most is a great word " little " that has been so beautifully woven around this sweet and very affectionate poem. This poem also reflects on the true love you have in your heart for the cute little ones ! One other thing I would also like to say that you avoid criticism while teaching, this is a great quality of a great teacher and I remembered some of my such teachers. You are really a very kind and admirable teacher and should be the role model of the aspiring and practicing teachers. I also enjoyed the music created by wonderful child prodigies -very sweet and talented Emily and Shuan Lee. Loved reading this great poem and enjoyed with all my heart and soul. I have also bookmarked it to visit time and again. Also voted up.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 30, 2014:

A truly beautiful poem! so heartfelt and full of admiration.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 30, 2014:

Hi Audrey!

'Chitrangada' is a Mythologocal character from the Sanskrit epic, Mahabharat.

The literal meaning of Chitrangada is 'An artist'. The one who is interested in Art in any form- Music, Nature, Dance, Paintings etc. And, in fact this is the way I am. I have deep love for Art and Nature.

Thanks and Love!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 30, 2014:

Beautiful hub and poem Audrey. I can tell you love your job as a piano teacher. Here's a little vote up for you+beautiful

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 29, 2014:

bravewarrior - I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub. If we, as children, only realized how important these piano lessons are, we would be inclined to 'stick with it.'

thoughtforce - Those teachers that try to use anger and instill fear in the student have no right to be teaching! Makes me so darn mad. I feel bad that you, as a sweet, trusting little girl had to endure such instruction. Thank you Tina, for sharing this. Appreciate the vote and sending you hugs. Audrey

ChitrangadaSharan - I love both the Sitar and Guitar and can picture you sharing your music with others as well as for yourself. The advantage of playing your instruments is that you can pick them up and take them with you :)

I have wondered many times what your name means. When you have a minute and the desire, would you share that with me? Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 29, 2014:

Lovely poem and wonderful hub!

I always wanted to learn Piano because I love the beautiful sound it creates. I am a music enthusiast and do play Sitar and Guitar.

You are an awesome teacher every student would love to have.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on March 29, 2014:

Beautiful poem and your passion as a piano teacher is wonderful. How I wish I had a piano teacher like you when I was young and struggled to please my harsh and angry piano teacher! I haven't touched a piano since then because there was no joy in playing since I was afraid all the time. But this poem show that you love your work as well as the children. Voted up, of course. Hugs! Tina

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 29, 2014:

Audrey, I thoroughly enjoyed your poem and the videos. I love the piano. It's the one instrument that needs no accompaniment. I took piano lessons when I was 8 or 9 and quit to rebel against my mother. I actually enjoyed it and was quite good. Now, I'm kicking myself in the butt for my rebellion. I cut my nose off to spite my face!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 23, 2014:

Thanks darcy.

darcy on March 23, 2014:

I sent you a facebook message since I don't have your e-mail.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 21, 2014:

Hi darcy - Before I grant you permission, I will need to verify that this is really you. Please send me an email with a link to either your facebook account or your phone number where you can be contacted. Thank you for wanting to use my poem. I hope to hear from you soon. ~ vocalcoach

darcy on March 21, 2014:

Love your poem. Would you mind if we printed it to give our piano teacher at our recital?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 13, 2013:

I'm so glad you read this. Thank you so much.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 24, 2011:

Thank you Katie dear one. These young hearts are so precious. Every moment I share with them is a learning experience for me. THEY, are really the teacher, and I, the student.

Katie McMurray from Westerville on April 30, 2011:

What a wonderful expression of the delight young souls bring to us, you the teacher and the world at large with their musical contributions. Love the great photos. Keep on writing this amazing poetry, Please :) Katie

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 27, 2011:

ahorseback - I love teaching - it is my passion. Teaching all ages provides me with an opportunity to learn from my students as well as share the love which "oozes" from every pore in my body. But it is the children that teach me to grow. I like what you said "the fires that you kindle"...very beautiful. Thank you!

ahorseback on February 24, 2011:

You are so gifted to have such to share, No? All those little souls! Bless you , for the fires that you kindle.

lindajot from Willamette Valley - Oregon on February 14, 2011:

Beautiful poem and photos! Thank you for sharing -

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 25, 2010:

DeBorrah - I thank you so much for your kind comments. Clearly your own compassion for others is only one of your own beautiful qualitites. Love and harmony to you and God Bless.

DeBorrah K Ogans on October 23, 2010:

VocalCoach, Lovely! Music is Wonderful! It is a special gift to be able to teach others... Your love for teaching rings through clearly! It is rewarding seeing the fruits of your compassion for music manifest in your students! God Bless you! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2010:

eiddwen - It is so very very hard and heart-breaking to lose a close family member. I am so very sorry for your loss and understand a little of what you are going through. To think you have gone through this twice. You are a strong and beautiful courages person. Even with lifes cruelties you are a lovely example of choosing to remain kind and giving and compassionate. Thank you, my friemd.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 16, 2010:

Cheri, my beautiful friend - I wish I could hear you play. What a thrill for me that would be. You feel about children as I do. I am truly blessed to be able to help them with their musical education. They are all...each one, so precious. Thank you.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 16, 2010:

These are beautiful words. i played the piano when i was small. my sister who passed over eleven years ago was very gifted musically. By the time she was 15 years old she had won 50 silver cups, rose bowls, medals etc for her piano playing and her singing. After leaving school she studied music at the London Royal College Of Music.

Erin who tragically passed over last year also had a beautiful singing voice. Life is so cruel isn't it. People often ask me how i cope. I cope because I know it is what they would want me to do. I have to in respect of their memories.

Reading your beautiful words bought so many memories back, and they are all beautiful memories.Thank you so much for sharing this.

Take care and God Bless Audrey.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 13, 2010:

Dim Flaxenwick - You are very observant. Yes, I really do receive so much pleasure and knowledge from each of my students. At all ages, but particularly the children.

Thank you for commenting.

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on October 13, 2010:

Oh that was lovelt, vocalcoach...You get as much out of teaching them as thry get out of learning , don´t you.?.

Take care

Cheri Schultz from Midwest on October 12, 2010:

Audrey: This Hub gave me goosebumps. Your words are so kind and meaningful. Isn't it beautiful looking through the eyes of a child and seeing their innocence. Outstanding Hub - Plus I have a real passion for the piano!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 12, 2010:

Judicastro - I know that you are a kind, compassionate and giving person and I am blessed to have you as a friend. Thank you, dear one.

Judicastro from birmingham, Alabama on October 11, 2010:

Audrey I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks for stopping by the other day too. Always love seeing you and reading your great comments.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 10, 2010:

Dear Judi - It is always such a nice surprise to hear from you. Thank you for asking about me and my son. Your love is so very welcomed. God is blessing me and I am finding more peace with each new day.

Judicastro from birmingham, Alabama on October 10, 2010:

How precious is this Audrey! Brought back so many memories of when I was a child and taking piano. How are you dear friend? Pray you are doing well. Love to you and your son!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 08, 2010:

Your comments are just beautiful and I thank you so much.

Made my day!

anglnwu on October 08, 2010:

Your kids are lucky--they get a whole tribute paid to them with pictures (I love them all!). I'm sure you're as much loved. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2010:

You are very kind. I am very pleased that you enjoyed reading my hub. I love all my music students, but am so "moved" by the little ones. Thank you.

kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on October 06, 2010:

Aww. Precious Hub. I like the pictures beside the words. Lovely! I enjoyed reading this. It's sweet. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2010:

Awwwwwe, Mickey, thank you for this comment. I needed that! Thank you and have an awesome day.

hello, hello - How are you, my friend? I find you everywhere on HP. How supportive you are to us all. Thank you for your loyalty and good comments.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2010:

Dolores Monet - I think the teacher may gain more than the student...the rewards of teaching are realized for the rest of ones life. Having said that - a child's life can be influenced for all their life as well. It becomes a win-win all the way around. Good comments. Thank you, my new friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 06, 2010:

katyzzz - How very nice to know that my little poem brought you in touch with memories filled with pleasure. Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to following you here on HP.

embee77 - What a giving person you are to volunteer your time teaching these precious children piano. We need more people like you. You are providing a life-time of childhood sweet memories to last throughout each life.

Thank you.

embee77 on October 06, 2010:

So sweet!! I, too, took piano lessons as a child and wish I'd stayed with it. Now I'm a volunteer piano teacher in the school I work in part-time. It is such a joy to share in the children's discoveries! A privilege, really. Great hub.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 06, 2010:

How beautiful! What a wonderful thing, to teach music to children. So who gains more from this experience? I guess it is equal.

Micky Dee on October 06, 2010:

You are a positive force for good in the world! You also have little fingers of love.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 06, 2010:

Such beautiful thoughts and such beautiful words. Thank you for the pleasure of reading it.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on October 05, 2010:

Just so beautiful and what a wonderful music teacher I think you must be.

You gave me such pleasure and recall of memories.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 05, 2010:

Prasetio - I wish I could teach everyone! Especially you, my dear friend. Yes, it is sheer joy to see such progress occur as new songs and scales are introduced and older ones become easy. Blessings to you, my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 05, 2010:

epigramman - you say it so well. We, who have been called to teach are so fortunate. In most cases, when teaching young children, we are their first introduction to music. What a responsibility. Their entire lives, as far as music is concerned, is influenced to some extent by these first lessons. Thank you so much.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 05, 2010:

beautiful hub. You have done this well, my friend. I can imagine how you start your teaching to your student. "let put the finger on the tuts and hear the beautiful sound of the music", I thought the first lesson is using one finger, right. That must be a great moment to see the girls play piano for the first time and we hear they play naturally from their little fingers. I miss your lesson. Would you teach me next time? I love this poem. God bless you.

Prasetio

epigramman on October 05, 2010:

...everyone has to start somewhere that is for sure and quite often the influence in their youth will follow them through the rest of their lives - you are the foundation for them in order that one day they may reach the stars - and it doesn't really matter if they become one - but what does matter - is they had someone in their lives who cared for them, nurtured them, and gave them pride and dignity through your dedication and a labor of love .......

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 05, 2010:

drbj - I'm on my way. :-) I hear this often from my adult students (wishing they would have stuck with piano lessons when they were young). Thank you so much for your kind words. Means a lot to me.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 05, 2010:

What a lovely tribute to your young students, Audrey, and a tribute to you, too. You are an inspiring piano teacher. Unfortunately, the teacher I had as a child was not an inspiration so I progressed no further than "Fur Elise." Didn't mind then, but regret it now. Would you consider moving further south?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 05, 2010:

billyaustindillon - I am thrilled to hear your son is beginning his journey to music through the piano. I hope he enjoys his experience. Thank you Billy for sharing your comment. Blessings to you

msorensson - I know that you and I would have so much fun together, we may even forget where the piano is :-)

You would be such a joy to teach! Have a blessed day my friend.

tonymac04 - How wonderful that you are teaching your daughter piano and theory. This is a great way to build more unforgettable memories between you both. Enjoy the trip! Love and blessings, tony.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on October 05, 2010:

What a lovely tribute to your young pupils! Wish I could have had you as my piano teacher - I might have gotten further!

Anyway I am always grateful for the opportunity I had to learn the piano, even though guitar became my instrument in the end. The lessons learned were not lost.

I am now trying to teach my daughter a little piano and theory - not easy going as there are so many other things she wants to do! But I will show her this Hub and maybe that will inspire her!

Thanks for sharing this.

Love and peace

Tony

msorensson on October 05, 2010:

Wow..I wish you live within driving distance to where I live...we will have so much fun.

You can teach me..where four others have failed..

Beautiful poem, beloved friend.

billyaustindillon on October 05, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute my six year old son has just started piano lessons and this brought a tear to my eye :)