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Last week you were introduced to my background. This week, I wanted to get into one of my current challenges as an adult student.
Thirteen months ago, I had a baby girl. A wonderful addition to our family, but an interesting challenge when I’m trying to practise, or taking a lesson!
To make my schedule work, and allow me to work-from-home and in the evenings, I take piano lessons during the day. I’m lucky to have two great teachers, not only from their musical knowledge, but their acceptance of my 13 month old daughter Hazel playing, and hitting keys, and talking, and handing them toys, really anything to make it about her (it’s a good thing she’s cute and well behaved). My daughter is good at entertaining herself, fairly quietly, but does need some attention, so sometimes lessons are short, sometimes, they are very disrupted, and sometimes they go off like there isn’t a 13 month old in the room!
Now practicing at home, on my own, with my daughter, and my dog, is a whole other story! Hazel loves to play the piano, so while I’m practicing, she lovingly strikes keys below (or above) my hands. She is tall enough and steady enough to not need to sit in a chair or on my lap. We also don’t have a door into our piano room like the studio rooms have, so I’m constantly looking for her, keeping an eye on her, bringing her back into the piano room / office. But we make it work, and I’m making progress. I can practice at night, after she is asleep, but I’m regularly gone for work or spending time with my husband, or doing 1000 other things that I should have done during the day.
Realistically, it’s a lot harder to find the time that I would like to spend on piano, but I do. I’m also lucky that I finished my theory through grade 8 when I was young, so I’m not trying to learn that as I go as well. That being said, when you love something and want to do well, you make it work. If my situation stops working, then I will re-evaluate what I need to do to make it work!
Are you an adult student? How do you find, or make the time, to keep progressing?
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