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Rose Ippolito said in February 17th, 2014 at 3:16 am

The Singing Lesson: Rating/2, because it’s about your family. Although if it was up to me I’d want every piece to be funny, I realize you’ll want to balance things. This piece could be one of the balancers.

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andervsta said in February 17th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Rating: 3.
I really like the tone of this piece. I agree that it would be an excellent way to balance out the funny pieces. I enjoyed the details about the specific albums and just the image of Maddy and her mother singing together. The only thing is that I would love a little more context in the beginning, because at first I was imagining a music classroom in a middle school or something like that.

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glord said in February 17th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

3 – Very moving and so true, explains the learning effort and what it aims at well. I like the ambiance of the place.

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Alex King said in February 18th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I like stories about people’s children when they transcend their kid. This is really nice, short and sweet.

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VT Sailor said in February 19th, 2014 at 7:06 am

3. Does just what essays do best…beautifully efficient yet poignant (sp?).

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Paige Schmittlein said in February 21st, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Rating:2. I can see where the other reviewers are coming from and it is a strong piece, just not one I can relate to very well.

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Wedegis said in February 23rd, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Rating: 3

Maybe it’s because I took voice lessons and I understand the feeling of the first lesson. Maybe it’s because it felt very familial. But I really think I like this piece because I can imagine it’s placement in an anthology. It breaks up the humor and can be a really powerful piece about children and family.

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Anne O'Connell (@annethewriter) said in February 23rd, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Rating: 3 – I think this one will resonate with anyone who has children or who has had music lessons. I also found myself smiling as you looked through her ‘vinyl’ because many of my favorite singers were on the shelf… and I used to belt out ‘The Rose’ for my mom when I was a child.


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Nakita said in February 25th, 2014 at 12:29 am

Rating: 2.5 I like the setting and the topic. I wish it was more visual, and more with the relationships and stuff. I love the last two sentences.

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Tori Muzyk said in February 25th, 2014 at 8:25 pm


This story opens too quickly and doesn’t give us enough to hold on to. The language seems stiff and I feel like you could say everything you said in half the words.

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Alley Shubert said in March 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 pm


I really like this piece. I agree with a few of the other reviewers on the way this essay opens. It would be nice to have something visual in the beginning but I really enjoyed the way it ended.

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Valdez said in March 18th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I rate this as a 2. While it is more personal, I like how this piece isn’t humorous and isn’t trying to be humorous. I like the tone of the piece. And there is something in this piece that a reader can walk away with and mull over. These points are muted and I feel as though the reader has to empathize with a similar situation in order to really get something out of this piece, which is why I rate it as a 2 and not a 3.

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