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
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.
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