Here we all are at our fantastic summer piano concert! Everyone played very well. And by that I do not mean it was a perfect performance for all – I had some nervous moments during my solo, for example. However, students and teacher managed to keep going, recover quickly from small mistakes, and finish with a smile! I like perfect performances, but I like the excitement and unpredictability of live performance as well. You learn a lot about yourself from handling mistakes in public while everyone is watching. Not falling apart when things go askew and being able to laugh a bit after, because it really isn’t THAT serious and no one dies from embarrassment, is a tremendously valuable skill to cultivate.