Last night, I went to a piano recital that included one of my grandchildren, eight-year old Dan, who is in his first year at this piano school. Now the school itself is a prominent one that not only gives piano lessons but also sells pianos. In other words, it is a big business with a few locations sprinkled on Long Island and a very solid reputation. No qualms in that department. In fact, I don't quibble with the teachers or even the students. My axe to grind is with the parents.
So, I sit on this metal folding chair for an hour and a half listening to 17 students take two turns each in playing selections. The age range is wide, from the person playing for only a year (Dan) to those who have been in the program for six years. What I expected to hear, obviously, was a similar performance: weak for the youngsters, strong for the older. Not so.
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