Meet Ryan and Jennie, and their two children, Abigail 13 and soon to be 11 Aidan. They are a homeschooling family in Tennessee! However, they have lived in Kentucky, Texas, and Minnesota.
What’s your musical background?
While the parents, don’t have any musical background, they enjoy music and both their great grandma’s played piano. As soon as their oldest was ready for piano lessons at the age of five, they signed her up, since they felt it was important to learn how to play and well, she has now been playing for 7 years. Their youngest joined a few years later taking lessons.
Anything fun or unique you’d like to share about your family?
Due to the travel Ryan does for his job with the railroad and his crazy work schedule, when he is home they enjoy family time together. Sometimes, it just hanging out at home fishing and hiking at their property, other times, they go explore different areas, or head to the golf course. Their kids also enjoy lots of creative time, their oldest has a little business of making and selling homemade items on her mom’s blog https://journeyoffaith.video.blog/2022/01/29/homemade-crafted-items-new-adventure-pine-rose-market/ and at the antique booth with her grandma. They are thankful that homeschooling allows them the time to do those things. They also love the country life, they have chickens, cats, and a dog that keep them entertained.
How do you structure piano lessons/practice for your family? Any tips to share?
Every Monday they start a new lesson and work on it for the week. The piano lessons are tied in with their homeschooling lesson time. Though they often also play throughout the day for fun and do like to perform. The last couple years, since they got a piano, instead of a keyboard, the children plan a Christmas program to play for whomever visits their home at Christmas time.
How did you learn about Busy Moms/Kids Do Piano?
Jennie heard about Busy Mom Kids through a blog. The kids have had three piano teachers, due to moves and have had in person lessons for a few years. It was hard finding the last teacher, he was excellent, but it was a long drive and since Jennie started working at home, it was challenging to be gone a half day for lessons. Plus the cost of lessons. So she was excited when she found the program, the cost was affordable, and loved the flexibility!
Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your musical journey with piano lessons?
She has found out over the last year and a half from starting with Busy Kids Piano, how great the program is and sees her children continuing to learn and play! Along with the flexibility, cost savings, there is great material and bonuses, her kids enjoy the monthly challenge and learning from Mrs. Carly! In fact, last year they became lifelong members to the program.
What is your goal with having your child learn to play the piano?
They want their kids to learn to enjoy playing the piano and playing for others, whether it is just for family and friends or at church or if they choose later on to do more, they will have that opportunity.