Congratulations Aeisha, High Distinction (A+)

My student Aeisha is over the moon today, receiving High Distinction (A+) for her AMEB Preliminary Level Piano For Leisure exam. The examiner said: “Congratulations Aeisha, for an excellent first exam result. All areas are developing very well, showing promise and potential for further musical development. Well done and keep up the splendid work.”

You nailed it, Aeisha! 👊

Coffees and cake, Uber Eats dinners, being spoiled

In the holidays I set aside a few days to teach online students at their homes. So good to have many coffees and cake, Uber Eats dinners and long awaited chats. Above is a lovely Finnish lunch in Logan Village, and honey from a Tambourine family’s bees. I’m supposed to teach but really it’s an excuse for a hang out. ❤️

Arabesque No.1 for Abi

A while back my student Abi wanted to learn Arabesque No.1 by Debussy. Inwardly I groaned at the thought of the work, but once I started I just loved it.

I’ve been waiting to play it well enough to video. Hey, I’m not a perfectionist – if I waited until it was perfect, this would never happen. I’m about taking the opportunity to do happy things.

I’m playing this at about 80% the speed it’s supposed to be played. It’s still beautiful, and definitely makes me happy.

What’s next? I think it will be anime music. Students are learning ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Bluebird’ (Naruto Shippuden) so I’m learning both. ‘Bluebird’ is easier, both are great songs. Elsewhere a couple of kids are learning ‘Megalovania’ which is a crazy piece! My students keep me on my toes for sure. 😊