“Oh, that’s flat.” I took notice of my perfect pitch when I was around thirteen years old. My piano teacher didn’t believe that my self-proclaimed perfect pitch was really “perfect”, so she pressed random notes on the piano while I looked the other way; surprisingly, I got every single note correct. Having perfect pitch can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. There are only two possibilities how my perfect pitch came to be—piano and choir.
Before I began to learn piano, I did not know what it was. As the years went on, I studied with my teacher, Tatiana Romanovsky, with increasing passion and complexity. The first piece I studied with her was Schumann’s “Aufschwung (Soaring).” Having only seven years of experience with the piano, this piece was both technically and musically challenging. With only three months away from the next piano recital, I practiced diligently. Having the patience to polish this piece for three months made the performance a success.
After I got the hang of the piano, I decided to broaden my horizons and become a better musician by joining Crystal Children’s Choir in 1997. The more I sang, the more I enjoyed singing. In choir, I was taught to sing not only with my voice, but with my whole body. After ten years of memories, lessons, and trips, my musicality increased dramatically.
Before long, I realized that music had become big part of my life. I have only been with Ms. Romanovsky for six years and in Crystal Children’s Choir for ten, but I have learned so much from them. Music has become much more than a hobby to me—it is my passion. One activity I enjoy doing with my musical talents is transcribing songs from my recent play lists so I can play them on the piano whenever I wish to. Knowing that I possess talent as both a singer and a pianist has inspired me to go on as a teacher, passing down the learning and priceless understanding that my teachers have bestowed upon me.