I think that is due to the amount of practicing he's been putting in lately. Since school started, Micah has increased his daily practice time to about an hour (some days more, some days less). Not only has he increased the quantity of time spent at the keyboard, he has also improved the quality.
His efforts have paid off. Instead of the 1-2 pieces he used to learn in three months, he has learned four. Instead of playing level 4 pieces like he was in June, he has almost finished one piece that is a level 6 and one that is a level 7.
He performed two of these pieces at Music in the Mall a few weeks ago. See him there on the back row waiting his turn?
He's listening. He's slowing down. He's practicing and practicing and practicing with very rare complaints. He's learning that mistakes aren't signs of weakness but indicators of where to improve. And as shocking as it was at his last lesson, his teacher and I both witnessed him say, "I don't know if I can play it that fast. That's too fast." She recorded that comment for her personal amusement and future reference.
I love it when my kids find "their thing." It's been different for each of them, and it changes as they grow older. For now, Micah's thing is 88 keys, an adjustable stool, a lamp, and sheets and sheets of notes that transform under his fingers into real music.
Moms live for moments like these.