Meet Fares Al Twal and Diana Abou-Assaleh Al Twal. They have children Adrian, who is 13 years old, Cassandra, who is 10 years old and , Alex who is 8 years old. They live in the small town of St. Catharines, Ontario Canada just minutes away from Niagara Falls, one of the world’s wonders.
Q: What’s your musical background?
Not much of a background in music, I (Diana) personally love music, I took piano when I was very young, perhaps 6 or 7 years old and for a very limited time. My husband has no musical background at all. My kids take music at school where they learned a bit of flute, Adrian learned some baritone and all three learning some ukulele this year in school. I feel that piano is the base of all instruments and if you learn it and know how to read notes it will be easy to transition to an instrument of their choice as they grow.
Q: Anything fun or unique you’d like to share about your family?
Well, we are a very multicultural family and that brings diversity to our life. I am half Russian and Half Syrian, My husband is from Jordan, my sister in law is from Thailand and we all live in Canada 🙂 Our family also love Soccer and all 3 kids chose to play travel competitive soccer.
Q: How do you structure piano lessons/practice for your family? Any tips to share?
It actually been a struggle to commit with all family’s busy schedule, however I do try to fit lessons. We are on Module 5 in level 1.2 so it has been a slow start as I am learning with them. I found it hard to focus having all 3 in a lesson so I do individual lessons with them (so I am learning each lesson 3 times, haha) not on a strict schedule yet once they learn and practice a few times we move on. I am still trying to figure out the best way to do it.
For example, February we practiced everyday, while we ended not doing much for March as it was overloaded especially with March break in it.
Q: How did you learn about Busy Moms/Kids Do Piano?
Q: Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your musical journey with piano lessons?
Well, at first it seemed forever and kids were a bit discouraged as they wanted to fast forward everything to the fun part and just play music lol. then I explained how long it took them to learn their ABCs but once they learned to read , they took off and now on large chapter books. So, things are going easier. I found my boys don’t enjoy practice as much as my daughter does.
Q: What is your goal with having your child learn to play the piano?
It is a skill for life, music helps them develop better, be happy and hopefully find comfort in it in times of need. It is the ultimate healer.