Benefits of Studying Music

  • Creativity
  • Self Expression
  • Self Discipline
  • Concentration
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Determination
  • Responsibility
  • Coordination
  • Intellectual Stimulation
  • Listening Skills
  • Expanded Education
  • Poise
  • Confidence
  • Important Hobby

 

Expectations of a Music Student

  • Regular attendance
  • Adequate daily practice
  • Punctuality
  • Respect
  • Attentiveness
  • Prompt payment

The Story about the Piano….and how it came to be mine

 

Once upon a time, there was a lovely family by the name of Bayley. The Bayleys had two daughters, Debbie and Donna. (Eventually Laura came along a year and a half later, but she isn't part of the story - I just thought I would introduce her!) Their dad played the piano at church every Sunday, and their mom was the janitor at the church.

Each week Bonnie would go to the church to clean, and her daughter Donna would follow her around to all the rooms. Five of those rooms had pianos, and Donna would beg to play the piano game. What is this piano game you speak of? Well, it was this. Bonnie would press a note on the piano while Donna's back was turned, and Donna would then face the piano, and go play the exact same note that her mom had pressed. She did this for every room that had a piano – every single week.

One week, Debbie came along with Mom and Donna. Debbie wasn't interested in the piano, she wanted to go outside and collect snails. So, Debbie and Donna (age 5 and 3) went outside to the back of the church, and started collecting snails in an ice-cream bucket. While in the garden, Donna heard the sound of someone playing the piano. She walked over to the house next door to the church, and realized it was coming from inside. She boldly opened the door, and snuck in. She saw a little girl sitting at the piano, and a little old lady with white hair curled into a bun sitting next to her. As she continued to be fascinated by the songs, she got closer and closer to the piano, when suddenly she was right at the end of the keyboard. The little old lady had a huge baby grand, and Donna had never seen that kind of piano before. The lid was up, and it had the most beautiful sound, not like any of the old upright pianos at the church.

 

The little old lady (Mrs. James) was very surprised to see Donna, and asked where she had come from. Donna didn't answer, but just ran out of the house. Next time her mom took Donna along with her to the church, she didn't want to play the piano game, she wanted to go outside and collect snails. She quickly ran over to the house next door, and listened. Sure enough, the piano was being played. In the front door she crept. Eventually she found herself again at the end of the keyboard, and the little old lady and the little girl were very surprised to see her. This time, the little old lady took Donna back to the church, and back to her mom. Her mom was horrified that Donna had snuck into her house, and when she got home, Donna got a spanking.

One day the old lady next door died. (I did mention she was old!) Her kids were fighting over who was going to get the piano, so it was decided that none of them would get it, and they would sell it! Donna's dad ended up buying the piano, but it was a secret.

A brand new house in Langley was built, and the Bayley's moved from Burnaby to Langley in April, 1972. When Mr. Bayley opened the front door, Donna was the first inside, and quickly ran up the curved stairs. When she reached the top – her eyes got as huge as saucers, for sitting at the top of the stairs in the living room was the piano that she had seen in the little old lady's house.

Donna immediately sat at the piano and tried to play it. Her dad was soon laughing and smiling, and he sat down and played. It was the best moment of Donna's life! She quickly begged for piano lessons, but it took until she was five years old before her mom finally caved and found her a piano teacher.

Fast forward. Mr. Bayley was killed by a drunk driver in September of 1993. By this time two of the Bayley girls were married, and Laura's wedding was coming up quick. Donna's mom Bonnie asked all three of them if they wanted the piano, but Donna was the only one who wanted it. Donna had been teaching for years, and was working on finishing her piano degree (Piano Teacher ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The piano was then relocated to Donna's house – where she has been using it to teach over a hundred students these last twenty years. Donna sits and composes at this piano – the very same piano that she coveted and admired at three years old. Her dad would be so proud!