I've practiced the piano about 30 hours over the past three months. Doesn't sound like much, except that over the past two decades, I've practiced a total of 100 hours, if I'm being generous, compared with the 5,000+ hours I'd logged by my mid-20s. When I was 8 years-old I practiced an hour a day; I even got up at 6am to do it. I was going to be a concert pianist when I grew up.
Macy Robison is a teacher, performer, and photographer from Shrewsbury, MA. She was in the Music Dance Theater program at Brigham Young University and performed with the Young Ambassadors. She also holds a masters degree in music education from The Ohio State University. She writes: Sometimes I feel like a priest. I'm actually a music teacher. For the past ten years, I have taught general music, been a choir director and taught private voice lessons. When people discover this, they immediately start confessing their musical sins.
Saydi Eyre Shumway holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia. She has worked as a social worker for all kinds of agencies supporting families, both in the U.S and as a volunteer abroad. She writes: "Here’s my story—a common story, I’m finding out: I had some expectations for my life, and my life isn’t turning out as expected. I expected I’d go to college, serve a mission for my church, maybe attend graduate school and then get married, work for a while and have kids. That all happened….perhaps not in the same way or as quickly as I thought it would, but it happened. What happened after that is where the “unexpected” comes in."