Joyeux anniversaire, Moira! She's turning 12 today but she will always be a 10 years old to me :) She's very friendly, bubbly & energetic little girl! She loves anything about panda and I hope she loves music & piano too :) It's been almost 3 years since she came for her first piano lesson with me.
She requested to learn all songs from HAIR the musical & I offered her a good deal today. As soon as she could play 2 of her Grade 2 pieces smoothly, we will learn any songs she wants from HAIR. I think she likes the idea, so we'll see how fast will she takes to mastering those 2 pieces.
Peter came earlier for his lesson today, so he saw the small present that I had for Moira, and he said that he is looking forward to his birthday because he knew what he will be getting from me, Ben & Jerry's ice cream! I gave Moira a mini-tub of Strawberry Cheesecake. They are absolutely yummy and rich in taste. Unfortunately, they did not pay me to say this. It's just an honest opinion from a very happy customer :) If you have twitter, click on this link to follow them http://twitter.com/BenAndJerryOz & don't forget to follow me http://twitter.com/riamusicdesign
I also wanted to share a short story about my morning teaching sessions Suminto & Kina.
Suminto is my improvisation student. He wants to be able to play freely on the piano. He is learning chords as well as scales & reading notes (and YES, scales, not only for classical pieces, but it's a very useful tools to learn chords!) I came from a strong classical background on both practical & theory since I was 5 years old, and I took lessons on learning improvisation, pop & jazz to balance out my interest in piano. His project for next week is to create 1 full song consist of a Verse, Pre-chorus and Chorus. I'll give an update next week.
Kina brought me a cup of latte this morning & it brighten up my day! :) We had a small chat before we commenced the lesson. She is learning classical pieces but she has an interest in learning pop songs. I designed a plan for her: she must performs classical pieces for mid-year recital & pop songs for end-of-year recital. She likes the idea & she is on the track! She is working full-time optometrist and yet she still have passion to learn piano. She also participated in Home Concerts & Spring Music Carnival last year.
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