Well, after all we'd been working for six months, my students and I, on this performance. But then we're always working on a performance. I'm a performance-based teacher. In fact, I think I might have a hard time teaching piano if I wasn't always aiming towards the goal of my students performing.
Mayhaps this is because to me piano is an academic subject just like any other, and the students' twice-yearly recital is the test, as it were.
And, while I do not assert the proposition that piano lessons are for fun and relaxation initially, I do always tell my students (and their parents) that they are taking lessons so that they can have some music in their lives, and, if they stick with it, playing the piano will eventually be a fun and relaxing past time for them.
Because of the world-wide coronavirus outbreak, we are now in a time when all American citizens are expected - and may soon be ordered if our country goes into a lock down - to stay home as much as possible, leaving our houses only for the necessities of work, food shopping, or medical emergencies. This leaves a good number of us - including a whole country full of children home from the closed schools - at home full-time, or at least spending a greater amount of time at home than they've ever had to before.
So here's my point: During this pandemic when we all must stay at home, if one has the availability of playing a musical instrument, one has something to do to help one pass the time productively and/or enjoyably.
And now, more than ever, we need good things to do to help us pass the time.