Piano Man This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     When I was five years old, I would frequently spend time at my grandparents’ house where they had a very old, but still usable, piano. I would sit for hours and hours, trying to figure out how to make the instrument work and play my favorite songs. I remember sitting there playing middle C over and over again, singing the melody of a song. I really thought that I was making music, and I took pride in my “work.”

My grandfather noticed my interest and struggles and helped me play the melodies of popular songs, one-handed, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I loved playing pieces with him and hearing the sound of the beautiful piano.

My grandmother enrolled me in piano lessons at a music academy the summer after first grade. My grandfather and other family members thought I was just going through a phase and would quit in a matter of months. I admit that I was apprehensive at first, but I willingly attended and enjoyed lessons. Fortunately, I made myself a promise to learn to play the piano after my very first lesson - a promise I have never broken.

Now, as I celebrate my tenth year of lessons, I find myself as excited as I was the first time I played. Over the years, the piano has brought so much joy and so many opportunities to my life. I have participated in recitals, accompanied performers and orchestras, and have recently performed in a 24 piano ensemble.

Music is something that connects all people. I have learned to play different genres, including jazz, classical, African, modern, and folk, which prove that music is a truly cultural and global gift. I am so thankful to be a part of it.

The pressures of school are constantly are upon me. But with piano and music, my life becomes balanced. I experience harmony. Perhaps it is corny, but in

music I have truly found my passion, my cornerstone, my niche.

In college, I hope to double major in music and pre-med, combining two of my lifelong dreams. Someday I hope to teach piano so that I may help others learn about the joy that music can create.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Jan. 11 at 2:00 am
i love this so much!
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