I’m very proud of Millie, who has worked with me and grown so much this year. She came to me with some bad habits (resting her thumbs on the wood below the piano keys especially) dodgy counting, and she hated reading bass clef notes – like so many kids! Here she is playing a ragtime … Continue reading Millie plays a ragtime duet
I think my most important role as a piano teacher is to make sure a new student enjoys learning to play. It would be tragic if a child closed the door to the wonderful world of music, because of me! So, maybe you wouldn’t pick me to teach your child if you have plans for … Continue reading Cute duet and a few words about learning music
Little Mitchy is the cheekiest chappie on the planet. He started with me this term, and I’ve been teaching his older brother Luke for around four years. Mitchy’s lesson is after Luke’s. He’s so keen he stands right behind me before the end of Luke’s lesson. Of course I have a heart attack when I … Continue reading Mitchy ♥️
Bryce is sleepy this morning! His lesson begins before regular classes start. But we both appreciate the new music studios at McAuley College in Beaudesert. Aircon and heating! Sorted all year 👍
A few years ago I wrote a simplified version of Für Elise for a very young student. I used the scorewriter MuseScore which is free and open-source, and uploaded my version to its online score sharing platform. Today they sent me a reminder to look at it, and I saw it had 5,759 views and … Continue reading My simple MuseScore Für Elise has 5,759 hits, 44 ♥️
I heard that my student Tom broke his wrist last week and wouldn’t be able to do lessons for the rest of the term. So imagine my surprise when he rocked up to his lesson saying, “I broke my wrist but my other arm is still alright. Can I still have my lesson?” I’m soooo … Continue reading “My other arm’s alright, can I still do my lesson?”
Sasha did her AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade exam in November. She was so well prepared I knew she would enjoy herself. Her mum Steph said the air-conditioning was quite strong at the Ashgrove examination centre, near Brisbane. Both Sasha and Steph were feeling cold and Sasha ended up doing star jumps while she … Continue reading Congrats Sasha for your A (Honours)!