So often, things happen that appear to have been planned, but they really weren't...at least not by me.
In reference to actual students, I will use initials only.
OJ has been around here a lot. His older brother is a fine trumpeter in the brass band. OJ was never quite as quick. But he was persistent. He longed to play keyboard, then glockenspiel, then trombone, then drums, but he never made much progress in any of them.
He pestered my to borrow a keyboard. I was reluctant. BUT, I did, and it has helped very much. He now plays fairly relaxed. (He was so choppy at first.)
RC hounded me about playing guitar. I would show him little things from time to time. He had started on trombone. The sound was never good, so we tried tuba. He did great. He learned to hear bass lines. He is now playing electric bass quite well.
MP was a natural drummer. He can do about everything....if he shows up. He tends to be absent.
OJ, RC, and MP are all under 16. They are playing together already as a kind of worship band. It's early. They have a lot to learn. But I have never had kids this young playing together as church musicians. We will pray with them and for them. We will teach them. That is what we do here at ASAPH.
Missionary in Haiti.