Beginner duets with William, Zara and Moses

[Posting clips of my students performing lets them know I’m proud of them. Learning music – like learning most things – is a series of little steps, every step significant, and hopefully taken with a sense of pleasure and adventure.]


William is playing Chopsticks with me. It’s from an Alfred lesson book. William has worked on his hand shape and now has relaxed soft fingers which stay down when he plays. He clearly enjoys himself and I’m very happy with how he’s coming along. However, he needs to cut his fingernails more often, to keep those fingers curled! Well done William 🙂

Zara is learning a D minor hand position to play Green Tea with me, (Hey, we’ve got a little Asian theme going, Green Tea and Chopsticks…)  So this is the first step to shifting her hands away from that initial C position, and undoing the association of RH Finger 1 with middle C, RH Finger 2 with D and so on.

Zara is an excellent example of what can be achieved with effort. She practises regularly, and has changed her initial playing from a heavy touch with splayed fingers, to a much softer sound and curled fingers which she can now control individually.  She reads confidently and with patience, and I’m quietly proud to watch her grow. Well done Zara.

Moses came to me with plenty of musical practical experience. Even though he’s only in Year 1, he has an excellent ear and dexterous little fingers, and he’s already able to play classical pieces and some choir vocal warm-ups. So, I consider my role in his development to teach him how to read music. Of course, compared to what he can already play, reading and playing a C, D, E song is pretty boring, as is the repetition of a single note in crotchet beats, then minims and semibreves. Zzz…

But, it has to be done for growth in the long term, and Moses learns fast. So, I’ve played some of the super cool songs from the AMEB Preliminary PFL books to him, and urged him to persevere, because it’s only a turn around the corner before he’ll be exploring all kinds of music.

Here he is with a C, D, E song. Mary Had A Little Lamb. Well done Moses!

Journeys begin with little steps, and magic is waiting.

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