February Member of the Month

Meet David and Rene Parsons from Tucson, AZ. They have five children, Ella who is 10, Ben who is 8, Owen who is 7, Clara  who is 4 and Jonathan who is 1. Four of their children are members of the Busy Kids program.
What is your musical background?

I [Rene] took many years of piano as a kid through high school. I then switched to organ and took lessons through college. I enjoyed participating in choir too. I never tried another instrument and sometimes wish I had. Maybe I will make that a bucket list goal in future years.

Q: Anything fun or unique you’d like to share about your family?

“New Baby” Parsons will be arriving  in May!

How do you structure piano lessons/practice for your family? Any tips to share?

Still figuring out what will work best. Ella and Ben can watch the videos and do their practice by themselves but Owen and Clara need more help, which doesn’t happen on demand so they have not made much progress at all. When Ella and Ben think they are ready, they play the pieces and go through the checklist with me and then I load the next lesson for them to watch. Last month, they were pretty motivated to practice most days for the January challenge. We recorded each practice with a sticker on a calendar.

How did you learn about Busy Moms/Kids do Piano?

I have known Meg [BMaKDP Community Manager] and her family since I was young. Her mom shared a Facebook post about Busy Moms & Kids Do Piano. After signing up I realized it was Carly who attended the same high school as me.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your musical journey with piano lessons?

Probably at some point all kids hit a stage when they want to quit. I know I was pretty obnoxious about sticking with it, but my parents made me. Looking back, I’m thankful they didn’t give in to my sass and whining.

What is your goal with having your children learn to play the piano?

Appreciation for music of all kinds. Having a sense of tune and rhythm. Recognizing famous classical pieces. Maybe lay a foundation of music reading/concepts for trying a new instrument.

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