Literally three days before her first day of teaching, I found her piano. It was on Facebook Marketplace
. A Senior Living Facility had received a new piano as a donation and didn’t need the one they had anymore, but I sure did. I rented a van and two ramps from Home Depot
, and my husband and I went to Daytona to pick it up. It was exactly what I was looking for: A smaller-framed piano with all 88 keys, in great condition, with a cushioned bench that opens up. We put it in the van and drove it to Laniece’s house. It was fun getting the piano out of the van because I had forgotten my sneakers and was wearing flip flops. Every time I tried to push the piano out of the van for my husband to guide it down, I would slide back! Eventually we got it out and into her newly designed music room. I was so proud of her. She bought beautiful, comfy chairs for parents and siblings to sit on, there was a gigantic, custom built bookshelf for all her music and sound equipment, there was a mirror for her voice students to watch themselves, there were pillows with music notes and music decor throughout the room. It looked fantastic. And now, there was a piano. She was ready.
In came her first wave of students, and she hit the ground running. After every new student, Laniece and I had (and still have) a debriefing session to toss around ideas and a plan for success that is tailored to the student. I also check in with the students, or their parents if the student is under 18, to make sure they are happy and satisfied with their lessons. Something I absolutely love about Laniece is that she always wants to be her best for her students. Whenever she is stuck or needs ideas or input, she always texts me or calls me, and we’re always able to figure it out immediately. It’s one of her many great characteristics that just goes to show what an awesome teacher she is.