Bruno Mars, The Script, what my students ask to learn

All my students work through a piano course book, but I like them to learn something on the side of their own choice. So what do some of the kids ask to learn?

  • Sasha, 6 – Right Here Waiting (Richard Marx)
  • Anna, 7 – Firework (Katy Perry)
  • Jess, 8 – Edelweiss (Sound of Music)
  • Rica, 10 – Count on Me (Bruno Mars), Brave (Sara Bareilles)
  • Btari, 13 – Let It Go, from Frozen (Demi Lovato)
  • Rayhan, 14 – When I was Your Man (Bruno Mars)
  • Joel, 16 – Hall of Fame (The Script)

For Sasha, I rewrite the music for her on large manuscript. For most of the others, it’s a print out from Chordie or Ultimate Guitar.

They sing the lyrics and dive for those chords! And when they ask how to fill in, I say: “Remember those broken chords and arpeggios you did? Let’s start with something like that: here’s the first inversion, the second…”

It’s good to see them at it. I mean, isn’t that why we learn? To play the music we love?


  1. Franklin Lance Guansing

    This is so true, while they’re trying to play some music, they will eventually ask what or how to use the chords to play. And without realizing it, they are slowly learning how to use the chords in the right way. happened to me when i was just learning to play the guitar. Great job Joanna! 🙂

    1. Joanna

      Yes Lance, so many Sabahans grow up with music being a part of their lives without them really even realising it. I’m glad it was that way with you too.

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