"The last note ends. The conductor slowly lowers his arms. The audience breaks into applause. Soon all are standing; audience and performers. I focus on their faces. Not the audience, those on stage. I see smiles, but not just any kind of smile. Smiles of pure joy, of pride in their accomplishment. Grinning now from ear to ear, looking for familiar faces in the audience, blinking into the bright stage lights and grinning."
This article is written primarily about pianists, however, it definitely has relevance to all musicians, instrumental or vocal!
"Most parents believe that if the child REALLY loves piano lessons that they will 'automatically' spend hours on the piano without even having to ask them.
I have to break it to you easily: IT WON’T HAPPEN. Now, let me be quite honest, there are SOME children that will do this as piano, or any other instrument, will become an absolute passion. However, for the most part, practice will NOT happen without the parent’s help."