We got there a little early so I took a couple of pictures at the piano before others arrived.
Micah wanted to be in the pictures with Jonah but I told him no. (Less about sharing the picture with Jonah and more about his new unwillingness to look at the camera!) The tears started to flow. So, I told him he could take a picture too if he would smile. As you can see, that really worked. Ahem.
Jonah was struggling with his pieces today so Dan took him back to the choir room to practice. He could barely practice for worrying about whether or not we were allowed to be back there. (He is such a rule follower!!) We assured him that it was fine for us to be back there. He was then able to focus and do both pieces with perfection.
His special friends, Susan and Ginny Beth came to see him play. He was thrilled and felt so special for having friends there to watch him. Living away from family most always finds us as just a family of 4 at special things when other kids participating usually have a couple of sets of grandparents along with other family. He was really so happy to have them there.
We feel so fortunate that Jonah has had the opportunity to be taught piano by Ginny Wright. She is truly such a special lady who has a precious heart. Her musical skills are amazing but what she offers children in the way of self confidence and making them feel special just blows my mind. She is a gift to our church, this community and our family. She has taught countless children to play piano. I'm glad Jonah is part of that number.
Abby Walrath is a sweet girl from our church who nailed her piece.
Jonah played right after Abby. I don't think he ever cracked a smile but he really did enjoy himself.
He played 10,000 Reasons and The Doxology. I don't quite understand music but the first piece had something to do with a dotted quarter eighth note. For non-musical people like me, that means nothing. But, all the musical people were quite impressed. Especially from where he progressed from this time last year.
After everyone played, Ms. Ginny handed out the certificates but Jonah got a special award for achievement in reading and rhythm skills. She said some really nice things about his accomplishments. Dan caught some of it on the video. (You can see that below!)
Jonah was very happy to see Mrs. Hoover (his first grade teacher) at the recital. She actually had 3 former students play today.
Dan spent a little time taking the videos from today and making them into one video. So, you'll see Jonah play his pieces and then it will go to the part where she gave Jonah his certificate.
We really are so proud of his musical accomplishments. It certainly hasn't come without practice. I've told him that he is the exact age where my piano teacher told my mom that she was wasting her money. So, he has officially surpassed his mother in piano (and other musical) ability!