Every year in early Spring, I love to have my students focus for a time on a Sacred piece and play it at our Sacred Music Recital at a local retirement home called Solstice Senior Living. The activities director, Kelly, enjoys having the children interact with the seniors living there. What I love most about it is the students get to use their musical gifts to be a blessing to someone else. I hope that it teaches them to ultimately give their gifts to the One who gave them the talent in the first place! They always do a great job! It is also another great performing opportunity!
Sacred music holds a special place in my heart. As many of my families know, I am not only a teacher but a church pianist. I have a passion for church music! I love writing my own sacred arrangements and accompanying for solos, ensembles or choirs. It is one of the reasons I play the piano at all! I was a mere 15 years old when I first started playing for church. Music ministry is a huge part of my life and always will be. I encourage all of my students to be apart of the music ministry in their church if they have a home church. It is so wonderful to be able to use your gift for the Lord.
Victor, my hilarious pre-school student, played “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”. He is such a cutie!
Cole played “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”
What a great truth!
Aeyla played “Amazing Grace”– many folks were humming along to this one!
Silas did a great job! This was his first piano recital! He played “Come, Christians Join to Sing”
Taryn played “All Creatures of our God and King”
Lauren played “He Leadeth Me”
Sarai played a family favorite “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”
Evelynn played “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Capri played “For the Beauty of the Earth
Karissa played “The Old Rugged Cross” – I had a senior come up to me and say this was her favorite song. It brought her to tears!
Nevaeh played a beautiful arrangement of “Jesus Loves Me”–she even improvised to make it a little more advanced!
Olivia played a favorite “In the Garden”
Olivia and I played a duet together. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho. It was a fun one!
Of course, all the students did a great job! I love this recital. It is simple but yet such a great opportunity!