Yet again, not knowing as much about music as my 10-year-old paid off.
My aspie son has a real gift, and it is not just proud mom-speak. After just one year of piano lessons, his teacher, who is a gifted musician herself, and a degreed music educator, let me know that in the not too distant future she will need to recommend that I find other avenues of learning for my son, as he will be beyond what she can teach him.
As this second year of lessons has progressed, she has found that, while he does have an innate gift, there is still a lot she can teach him. So thankfully, she is planning to keep us around a bit longer – she is so good with him! Not everyone would be willing to put up with his abruptness, how easily he can become overwhelmed, and all of those other traits that make Aspies who they are.
Well, a week or so ago he didn’t want to try his new music. I guess he told his teacher it was too hard and he was just going to have to give up the piano. Up until this point he had been able to play a song almost perfectly the first time. So needing to practice something was a new frontier.
Knowing how much he hates my playing, and how competitive he is, I decided to give the song a try. Sure enough, within a few measures I was summarily dismissed, and after a day or two, he had the song down!