Gracing the Ivories


On the day Linnea was born, we admired her long, slender fingers and daydreamed of her playing the piano. Someday. It seemed so far away.

When she was about 20 months old, she’d sit at the piano, randomly pecking at the keys and singing the ABC song at the top of her lungs. Someday soon.


Last Saturday morning Someday arrived in the form of Linnea’s very first piano recital. She’s been taking lessons for four months, and she is already moving those little fingers oh-so gracefully across the ivories!

Her musical debut was “Bunny Jumparoo” by Pat Heldman Johnson. Playing solo from real sheet music is a noteworthy milestone at the ripe old age of 6 and a half. Of course, Linnea had memorized the recital piece, so the music was just there for show.



Our guests at the grand event were Linnea’s Great-Grandma Martin, Great Aunt Marla and Great Cousin(t) Rachel. What a joy to share the experience with them! And I felt so sentimental about these precious guests because it was Great-Grandma Martin who nearly 60 years ago bought the piano we have now in our home for Linnea’s practice. (Read the piano history here.)

I must confess this is the only complete piano recital I’ve ever attended. Listening to the music each student played was such a treat. They all play piano incredibly well! Mrs. Peterson, Linnea’s piano instructor, is a very lovely, encouraging lady with amazing gifts for teaching music. We are so blessed to know her!

Just for fun: If you play piano well enough to find Middle C position, leave a comment saying how many years you took lessons. Do you remember your first recital piece? I’d love to hear your memories!

2 thoughts on “Gracing the Ivories

  1. Linnea—I am so proud of you playing in your first recital. That is wonderful. I started taking lessons when I was 42. I had a beautiful lady teacher, Mrs. Fike. Although I took lessons for over 10 years, I didn’t ever play in a recital. Now that I am retired, I don’t practice near as much as when I was working and taking lessons. Practice is very important—keep it up. Love, Aunt Bel

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