undecided still, re the teethes.
On another note (intentional), Altoid took part in her first piano recital this weekend. She was the 2nd youngest performer (our neighbor's kid is a bit less than a year younger). The oldest performer looked highschool senior-ish (17-18 yrs old), and picked what seemed like competition pieces - not so easy to listen to but amazing to watch played - judge pleasers.
The audience of course was all friends and family of the ~ 15 students. There were maybe 70 people in the room.
Altoid opened the show as the first performer. She walked up to a stage empty except for the piano(s)*, sat down, composed herself, lifted her hands and played, then took her bow. And THEN a smile sneaked thru.
They played on a Steinway concert grand (9'), which was very exciting for some of us, anyway.
She had excellent posture and timing, played well, and was poised. The kids were mostly playing 2 pieces each, but they didnt play two in a row, so there was a circulation of performers at a given skill level.
Altoid ended up going up three times, which gave her the honor of being the last performer in the early beginners section as well, so that she was followed by "real" piano pieces (things of which you may have heard, such as the Rocket Boogie, Fur Elise, etc). She was the only student to memorize all her music (granted, its easier for her than for the kids playing later on - her total playing time was well under 2 minutes
Anyway, I'm proud of her for her performance. She didnt let going first rattle her, she didnt let better players (the girl who came right before her 2x) rattle her, she didnt let her friends in the audience rattle her. (Separately, I'm very pleased at how well she's doing with her lessons, but that's a different post.)
I was interested that tho our neighbors kids chose the "duet" options (the kid plays the lesson, the instructor plays a line to fill in and make it more musical), Altoid specifically mentioned after that she was glad she had 'soloed' and didnt have her teacher on stage w her. I had wondered if she'd regret not having at least one duet of her three pieces. Guess not!
* there was a spare piano on the stage for some reason.
Altoid - curiously strong.