This week, at the Gold Coast school where I teach, my students performed in a piano recital. Actually there were two recitals, as I teach at two campuses. Although there are several instrumental music events at the school each year, the Director of Performing Arts said this was the first ever piano recital at the school (in its 30+ year history).
Did you hear that kids? We made history at the school! Yay!
This recital came about because I asked whether my students, all of whom are beginners, could experience the excitement of performing to an audience. After all, a challenge and a little healthy stress is a good thing; it’s character-building!
How sweet it was to be blown away by the sheer exuberance of the Chris Poulsen Trio on Friday (June 17) at the Brisbane Jazz Club. With Poulsen on keyboards/synth, Jeremy O’Connor on electric bass and ukulele bass, and Dan Smith on drums, these musicians delivered a stellar night to a whistling and whooping audience. All hailing from Brisbane, these local musos were smoking from the word ‘go’.
The trio launched into ‘Brother Smell the Bread’, an original song. Immediately we were in a world of edgy, modern jazz; think Medeski Martin & Wood. Funky discordance, intense and exploratory solos from Poulsen’s synth and O’Connor’s uke rang out as Smith chopped up the time signatures underneath them.
I’ve written a lot of school reports this year. This is a relatively new experience for me. I began teaching piano by going to students’ homes, chatting with parents afterwards about the progress of their child or children.
Of course, at a school none of this goes on, therefore the school report is the opportunity to share what I want say about a child’s development in piano lesson.