In this short film from Oscar® winner Beverly Shaffer, 9-year-old prodigy Xin Ben takes lessons from Daniel Mergler, a piano teacher at the end of his career. In this remarkable story about a student and her mentor, Xin Ben and Mergler meet 26 times over the course of one year. During this time, Xin Ben illuminates Mergler's final months as an instructor with her youthful talent, and he, in return, lovingly guides her towards a life in music.
Ages 11 to 17
Study Guide - Guide 1
Arts Education - Music
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Have students write a journal entry on their role model or someone they have personally affected. Grades 8 and up should read or watch Tuesdays With Morrie. Have students compare and contrast Tuesdays With Morrie and Mr. Mergler's Gift. Asks students what it means to be 'gifted'?