Impromptu
Mom hears daughter play piano for the 1st time after secretly learning behind her back for months
Her reaction got me!
Cherie Gozon
04.06.22

Most parents enroll their kids in music school to learn how to play an instrument.

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Unsplash - Jie Wang

Ideally, the children will grow to love the instrument they are playing and be good at it. However, some children don’t have the enthusiasm for that. Some would even grow to resent the thought of music school.

Other children are willing to learn, but the parents cannot afford the lessons.

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Unsplash - Kelly Sikkema

Parents who somehow know how to play an instrument or two become the child’s first teacher. In contrast, others support them by buying secondhand instruments, music sheets, and other essential references. And hey! We have YouTube now, so it’s easier for children to learn independently.

While those who go to music school have an edge, doing self-study is no less.

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Unsplash - Elmer Cañas

Some of the music greats like Kurt Cobain, Elton John, Dave Grohl, and Prince were self-taught. It is the discipline and determination that would lead one to greatness, and not based on whether they came from a famous music school or not. This gives parents more pride when they see the fruits of their child’s labor.

Hannah Kelly taught herself to play the piano – much to her mom’s surprise.

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Unsplash - Clare Tallamy

In her comment on her viral YouTube video, Hannah said that she was only starting to learn the piano when this was taken. She shared that she was learning how to play the piano in secret for a few months, then she decided to reveal it to her mother.

The video started with her mother and brother in the frame.

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

Her mother had no idea what would happen; maybe she expected her kids’ usual antics, not knowing she was in for a heartwarming treat.

But then, the first notes of the piano keys played.

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

You could see the surprise on her face! Hannah’s brother led their mother to where she was so she could witness Hannah’s performance.

She was learning to play “City” by Sara Bareilles.

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

Her mom just stood there watching her, smiling for the first few seconds. Then, you would notice how that smile was gone as she tried to hold back tears. You can see the pride and joy in her eyes.

Hannah kept glancing at her mother as if to say, “Look, Mom! I finally learned how to play!”

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

She smiled at her every single time. And even if she made some blunders, her mother didn’t mind. All she could ever notice was the incredible talent in front of her, and that was her daughter.

The video reached more than two million views.

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

Many people commented on how YouTube’s algorithm led them to that video, and they were thankful to have stumbled upon it. Some shared how the video made their day and made them smile – something that they badly needed.

Others also shared a similar experience of how their parents heard them play for the first time.

YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly
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YouTube Screenshot - Hannah Kelly

Their parents were also shocked or surprised and wanted them to play some more. Parents should always encourage their kids when they’re starting to learn an instrument and support them further along their journey.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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