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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 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.


© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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