The student glides into her music lesson on her “Heelys,” shoes with rollers in their heels. Her teacher greets her at a keyboard.
Soon the student, 11-year-old Samantha, is playing the instantly recognizable notes of Beethoven’s “Für Elise.”
“Good,” her instructor Amy says. Samantha plays the passage a little more quickly and confidently. Amy doubles down on her encouragement. “That’s so good.”
The lesson takes place in a community room filled with board games and books and big easy chairs. In countless ways it is an entirely ordinary music lesson. In countless other ways it is not. Read more