This year I have had a handful of gorgeous beginners taking lessons with me. I'm trialling new material for beginners and I need a cohort of children of different ages, genders, interests and learning styles so I can really test a range of approaches I believe will be more effective than the approaches I've used in the past. I haven't auditioned these new students prior to accepting them into my studio - inviting a diverse group of children to explore the piano and learn musicianship and performance skills with me gives me my best chance of testing my material (as well as keeping me on my toes!).
Did you know that when an aeroplane takes off they use about half of the fuel required for the flight from take-off to level off? That’s an enormous amount of energy in the few minutes at the very start of the flight before they reach their cruising altitude.
Just imagine if you and your child made a massive effort in the first 6-12 months of piano lessons and then your child was able to enjoy ‘cruising’ along the learning-piano process for the next 10 years!
This is a great site. ”It takes a community to ensure music thrives. Help to join those communities across the country to build a voice that cannot be ignored!” http://www.musicmakesus.ca/
I have a new student who is learning the letter names of piano keys. I was looking at my website trying to find something, and I found this game I posted last year. Last year I used green and red M&M's as the bingo tokens. You can use the alphabet letters from my last post as calling cards.
Here are some ideas to encourage the student musician.
Welcome to all new and former students! A new year of music discovery is about to begin this week.
* A note to Monday students. Lessons are held on Friday following a holiday Monday.
Friday lesson dates are: Oct. 18, Feb. 23, April 23, and May 23
What a great idea to introduce students to motivating music! Thank you Leila. :-)
What a successful fund raiser! Students had fun and enjoyed the prizes that they received. This is how much they raised….
DRUM ROLL….. $760.00 WAY TO GO, STUDENTS!
On behalf of Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario we wish to thank Suzanne Gilmore and her students for fundraising for Camp Quality this year. Today’s event was made possible by the generous support of individuals and businesses.
We wish to acknowledge today: Karen Guzzi, Allison Belluz, Lois Nuttall, Christine Taylor, Jessica Leinich, Jane Deptuck, Lisa Nash, Randy Campbell and Ken Commisso for together donating $380 to purchase gift cards and Michael Nitz for donating 15 iTune cards.
We also had donations from McDonalds Restaurants, Copperfin Credit Union, Pizza Hut and Music World Academy.
We hope you enjoy your rewards for fundraising
This is a very personal manifesto about the purpose of piano lessons. You may not agree. You may disagree vehemently. But what you (as a piano teacher or as a parent of a piano student or as a piano student) believe piano lessons are for will affect your level of satisfaction with the piano lessons you are giving, or you or your child is receiving.
Tim Topham has compiled a list of useful music blogs.
Check them out here: