When I first arrived in Australia, watching television was an obvious way to learn about life here. I loved Landline, with all its moving stories about rural life, entrepreneurship and survival. As I become a piano teacher in the Scenic Rim, I feel very privileged to be stepping into this world, albeit in an oblique … Continue reading Teaching In The Scenic Rim
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
I came back to McAuley College to find sofas and carpets in the piano room! Colour my world McAuley! Thank you! 🙂
[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
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)
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!”
Angela (aged six) has no instrument at home, but is determined to play piano. Watch her play a duet with me. Well done Angela!