My simple MuseScore Für Elise has 5,759 hits, 44 ♥️

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 ♥️

“My other arm’s alright, can I still do my lesson?”

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?”

Congrats Sasha for your A (Honours)!

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)!

Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle

Patrick, my 8-year-old piano student, drew a picture for me. I mean, the care that has gone into it, I am so moved. Plus they’re great drawings! Thank you Patrick! <3 His mother, Laura, sent me home with a dozen eggs from her own chooks. “The little ones are from the Bantams, they make a Continue reading Student’s drawings and eggs from his chooks, and homemade pickle

Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me

[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.] Ellyse is playing her first duet with me! I’m very happy with her soft hands Continue reading Ellyse (aged 6) plays her first duet with me

Congratulations Edward! A (Honours)

My student Edward recently sat his first ever exam, AMEB Piano For Leisure Preliminary Grade, and received an A (Honours) grade. Well done Edward. I have written about him before, since he was preparing for this exam on a keyboard without weighted keys and touch-sensitivity. But fortunately his parents got him a fully-weighted keyboard a month before Continue reading Congratulations Edward! A (Honours)

“We’ve got a fully weighted keyboard at home now!”

A little while back I wrote about a student trying to learn to play with more expression, despite not having a touch-sensitive keyboard at home. Today he came to lesson beaming, saying he now has a fully-weighted keyboard with touch-sensitive keys. He played his examination pieces, and we looked at each other and couldn’t stop smiling. It’s Continue reading “We’ve got a fully weighted keyboard at home now!”

Learning to be expressive without touch-sensitive keys

Edward is taking his first AMEB exam in July. He plays his pieces well, I’m getting him to put in more expression, make the most of that crescendo, accent, and pp. He’s doing it. But his keyboard at home doesn’t have touch-sensitivity. Whether he plays gently, or with pressure, the sound doesn’t vary.  “At home, Continue reading Learning to be expressive without touch-sensitive keys

Who made my day? Nadya!

Nadya made my day wonderful. My five-year-old student greeted me, waving a piece of paper.

“I drew this for you! It’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!”

I haven’t really studied solfège, so I counted on my fingers quickly, whispering do, re, mi… each time. Yep it works. She got it from YouTube. This is her fifth or sixth lesson with me. Before she started, her mum said Nadya would probably concentrate for ten minutes max, so we tagged her lesson onto the end of her brother and sister’s piano lessons.

Ice Cream Man duet – THE VIDEO

A few weeks ago I wrote about my students Jessica (7) and Sasha (5).  The post was about Jessica showing me lyrics she wrote for a song.  I wrote a simple duet for the girls, and used MuseScore notation software (which is free to download!) to write it up. Here’s the original post, which shows the lyrics, music score and describes where the girls are in their musical development.

Ice Cream Man student original duet music

Jessica and Sasha are siblings aged 7 and 5 respectively. I encourage them to make up tunes. “Don’t be scared,” I say. “It’s good to create.” So last week Jessica hits me with: “Can we make a song together?” “Sure…” “…because I wrote one! Here it is! Can you do the music?” Ha! Okay. I Continue reading Ice Cream Man student original duet music