SYSK: Blind pianist takes the stage to show what’s possible with a little determination
(WKEF/WRGT) – A Cedarville University student is showing what’s possible with a little determination.
Macy McClain has been playing piano for years, but said she wanted to ratchet up the tempo this year. So for fun, she signed up for lessons on the classics.
“She’s kind of interiorly motived to see what’s possible,” Dr. Charles Clevenger, senior professor of music, said.
Every time McClain sits down at the piano, she’s working on creating poetry without the benefit of sight.
“Low expectations create obstacles,” the junior said. “And it’s important to hold the same standard of expectation of excellence you would hold for a sighted person.”
Clevenger said she was a quick study, and the lessons also helped him change his perspective and experience the piano with a fresh set of eyes.
“She doesn’t know how much she’s helped me think in a different way about how to tell sighted people how to know where they are on the keyboard,” he said.
Then, McClain took her teachings to the next level, taking the stage and performing Back.
“Just took a couple of deep breaths and started to play,” she said.
The performance was a rousing success, one she said people shouldn’t judge based on her ability to see, just her ability to play good Bach.