“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)!

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)

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 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