Recently I was reflecting on what positive things I could say about the year 2020. After thinking about it, I realized that the year 2020 marks our sixth year with the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy. I thought back to our early days, attending lessons with our three year old daughter, along with our toddler and infant. I remember during those days of singing, clapping, and dancing to the rhythm of Mississippi Hop Frog that I had the feeling that we were giving our daughter a great gift with the introduction of music, and I had the realization of just how hard this journey might be. I wondered how we could possibly find a way to practice consistently, and I worried over how quickly or slowly she made progress.
If I could go back in time to speak to my former self, I would try to encourage her to recognize that this journey may be challenging at times but to recognize that practice routines and piano skills are simply tools that will produce the really important result, a beautiful heart.
~ Meredith Bowes