Since D’Marcus started playing the viola in the fall of 2016, he and his mother Ms. Dawn have been practicing together diligently. Each week, D’Marcus would breeze through another well-prepared scale, earning a checkmark on his Scale Chart for a scale played with beautiful sound, precise rhythm, good focus from end to end, etc.
Any student who fills their scale chart earns the ultimate reward: a choice between pizza or ice cream at the next lesson.
D’Marcus was thinking two steps ahead of the ultimate reward, though. He hit me with a totally new question: could he bank his completed Scale Chart, and redeem his next one for TWO pizza/ice cream credits? Could he bank them forever until he had a mountain of pizza?
I said, absolutely, he could. This young person had built up his delayed gratification skills with the help of his number one supporter, copilot, and cheerleader, Ms. Dawn. I hope I get the chance to bring him a whole pizza party when he graduates from Music Haven!
- Annalisa Boerner, Resident Musician