The level of frustration is displayed through tears as my student, Chad, a 6th grader, sludges his way through the Disney song he's been working on for weeks. His fingers seem to rarely find the right notes on the piano. A full 30 seconds passes between each chord transition and I can see Chad's eyes clouding over with defeat. I invite him to stop. Recover. Debrief. He lashes out. We realign. He starts again. And again. He never stops starting over. It is ugly and beautiful and inspiring.
The longer I teach, the more I am convinced that people who use the phrase, "people never change" have never watched or experienced someone determined to play a new song on the piano or rap to Moana's "You're Welcome." Chad didn't only learn to play a song on the piano. He is discovering that he's allowed to feel frustration, impatience and pride at every stage in the process. He is learning that it might be very, very slow, but he is capable of doing things that are very, very difficult. He can sense his own power growing with every practice session.
I am very proud to introduce to you not just musicians, but Super Stars!