Leave most 4-year-olds alone with a grand piano, and they'd probably just stare at the keys for a while before pounding away in some incoherent manner. But not little Jacob Velasquez of Pembroke Pines, Fla. He's just barely out of kindergarten and already been dubbed "Mini Mozart" and "Baby Beethoven" by anyone who will give him a listen.
It was just a year ago that the then-4-year-old Jacob toddled into the living room of his house, put his fingers to the keys, and started to play a song he'd heard his father play the night before. And let's just say the song wasn't "Chopsticks."
Jacob's mom, Tina, rushed in from the other room, thinking her husband Willie had come home early. That's when she rounded the corner and saw (to her shock) that it was actually her tiny 4-year-old who was reciting the song—from memory. Not exactly a scene a parent sees every day. (Walking in on your kid drawing with crayons all over the wall? Yes.)
As his proud mom recalled to ABC News: "I hear the song that Willie was playing the night before and I thought, is Willie home? And I came in here and said, 'Jacob, oh my gosh, that's you?'"
Seeing their kid had some pretty serious piano skills from the get-go, the Valasquezes immediately signed him up for private lessons. Soon after, he was playing Beethoven's sonata like a pro—which, by the way, he learned in just three weeks—and learning songs in just one day that take others a month to master.
Next up on the agenda? Naturally, it was to have him audition for the National Musicians Guild. Which he totally nailed of course.
"He had to learn 10 classical pieces all by memory, and so he did. And he did great," said Jacob's dad, Willie Velasquez. "He did amazing actually. He exceeded the expectations."
So what is this master musician doing when he's not blowing the competition out of the water? Apparently, he's pretty nasty on the Wii, too.