Our oldest 16-year-old daughter Tiffany has a passion for music. She is currently learning piano and violin. She won the Best of Grade 9 Trophy at the Yip’s Music Festival 2017. Also, she was qualified as a finalist for the 2017 Hamilton Provincial. Although she did not get commendation in the Provincial, it was a wonderful experience and our whole family is happy for her.
Some people might be surprised that at 16 years old she is still at Grade 9 piano (some early starters already achieve ARCT before age of 15). Because of Kay and Melody’s eczema 6 years ago, Kay was not able to teach piano until Tiffany turned 10. So Tiffany, through her passion and hard work, is able to achieve Grade 9 in 6 years.
By all standards, Tiffany is not a musical prodigy but considering the fact that Kay is not a music teacher nor holds any music degree; in addition to the fact that Tiffany has never sit under a “proper” piano teacher, I would consider this a great achievement.
Viviana, our 11 year old is also a great piano and violin player who is going for Grade 8 piano exam this month. Their dream? A grand piano to practice on.