A Great Example of Persistence… Vivian F.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” This month’s Virtue for Virtuosos is persistence. The dictionary defines persistence as “continuing in a course of action despite difficulty or opposition.” Beethoven, our composer of the month, persisted in his performing and musical composition despite many difficulties. One of his greatest challenges occurred as he began to lose his hearing until he eventually became deaf around the age of 30. However, despite his disability, he found motivation to persist through his trial and became one of the greatest musicians and composers of all time.

When it comes to music, or any hard task, persistence is key. We may not perform as well as we wanted to at a recital, struggle to understand a new concept, or we might be tired and hungry at piano lessons, BUT the reward we receive later by persisting through these obstacles now will be worth it in the end!

Each month our teachers nominate a student to recognize based off of the month’s Virtue for Virtuosos. This month our teachers chose to recognize Vivian and her incredible example of persistence! No matter how hard the task, Vivian is willing to tackle it and keeps trying until she succeeds! Vivian’s parents shared this with us, “Upon first meeting Vivian, she can appear to be somewhat shy, but the more time you spend with her, the more you learn that she is outgoing, courageous, and so much fun to be around. Vivian loves Thai food, outdoor adventures, and watching sports with her dad. Ozzy, the family dog is her muse, as she has over 1,200 photos of him.” Our teachers love teaching Vivian and are grateful for the example of PERSISTENCE she shows each week at lessons.