A River Runs Through Musical Fossils

I loved the movie A River Runs Through It. Really loved it. It made me cry. It made me laugh. I was convinced it was the best movie ever made. As I walked slowly, sobbing, out of the movie,  I told my friend how I was feeling.  She was very kind.

“Di, I know that you really liked it, but some people might not find quite as much to relate to in it as you did.”

“What do you mean?” I bit back. “There is no one who wouldn’t appreciate that movie,” I stuttered through my tears.

“Well,” she said, “Not everyone is just like you. You kind of have a lot in common with the characters in the movie.”

“Like what, exactly?”

“Well, you come from a family where your father is a protestant minister, you have a brother, and an aging father who used to love to fly fish. Not to mention that your Uncle Pete was one of the most famous fly fishermen ever.”

She had me. I had to admit that that movie resonated with every inch of my minister’s daughter, younger sister, fly-fishing niece soul. At the risk of recommending a website with the fervor I once recommended A River Runs Through It, I feel certain that Musical Fossils is a wonderful website.

Some adults can already play the piano. A lot more adults wish they already could; Some of them are doing something about it. Sometimes they come to me.

I love to teach adults. First, they can read. Second, there’s no chance that their parents are forcing them to take the lessons.  Third, they are  grateful for someone who takes their learning seriously. I do.

 Musical Fossils  is a site about adults learning to play the piano. The founder, Matthew Harre, teaches adults and seem to feel quite a bit the way I do about it. I am particularly fond these articles:

What I Learned About Teaching Children From Teaching Adults

An Appreciation of Adult Amateurs

There’s a lot more on the site to appreciate. Whether you teach adults, are an adult, or plan on being one someday, (that about covers it, right?) there’s lots to learn. And if it’s not your cup of tea, then you might not like A River Runs Through It much either.