How I Became a Pianist

Story by May 02, 2016

Do you ever reflect on a moment from your childhood and think, that’s the moment I became obsessed with nature. Or music. Or writing. That’s the spark that drove me to learn Spanish. Or study architecture.

As parents, we never know what those pivotal moments might be for our children. And that’s why it’s important to create space, time, and experiences for them to follow their interests. Sometimes it’s the small moments that mean the most.

That moment for Angie Leinen was sitting side by side on the piano bench with her mother. Now Head of Community at Montessorium, Angie continues to pursue a passion for the piano by teaching lessons, volunteering, and playing for family and friends. Here’s her story:

“I don’t have an exact memory of the first time I sat on the piano bench with my mom. Perhaps it was as a baby, or maybe not until I was older and ready to sit on my own. What I do remember, in a place that’s so deep it’s more of a feeling than a memory, is the sound of my mother singing.

It’s hard to pinpoint the moments in our childhood that stick with us to adulthood, but I know for sure my mother’s love of music and the way she incorporated it seamlessly into our daily routine impressed me in a big way.

As I grew older and my skills more refined, I replaced my mother on the piano bench, so that now I accompany her as she sings. It’s a different relationship than we had when I was a child, but no less fulfilling then learning chopsticks side by side.”

These small but significant moments of childhood lay the foundation for life. As Montessori says, “Is the child’s mental horizon limited to what he sees? No. He has a type of mind that goes beyond the concrete. He has the great power of imagination.”

In Primary, our new app for parents, we’re creating an environment that reminds us of the joy in the small moments of parenting. We offer resources and tools like daily tips, weekend activities to do at home, and a forum to chat with other like-minded families.

We invite you to join us for the small things that could mean everything one day.

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