Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Ad (Piano Sing)
How to Make Your Piano Sing
Who's Online
155 registered (ajames, accordeur, A Guy, ABC Vermonter, Alexander Borro, 40 invisible), 1754 Guests and 22 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#1415327 - 04/11/10 03:56 PM chuckling over comments
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Just wanted to share some chuckles. So here goes:

I taught a 6 year old student today. It's been difficult to get him to count. He played a piece in 3/4 time and then told me that he said "I don't care" (each measure to himself)to get the rhythm right. It worked and he kept decent time. (He told this happily, and was smiling.)

Next I pointed out a section where the hands play in "parallel motion". He said "Like parallel universe?" (What 6 year olds talk about a parallel universe?!) LOL!

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1415349 - 04/11/10 04:26 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Barb860 Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/11/09
Posts: 1646
Loc: northern California
Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
Just wanted to share some chuckles. So here goes:

I taught a 6 year old student today. It's been difficult to get him to count. He played a piece in 3/4 time and then told me that he said "I don't care" (each measure to himself)to get the rhythm right. It worked and he kept decent time. (He told this happily, and was smiling.)

Next I pointed out a section where the hands play in "parallel motion". He said "Like parallel universe?" (What 6 year olds talk about a parallel universe?!) LOL!


Ha Ha!!! "I don't care!" I may have to steal that line, what a crack up. Whatever works!

My funny 9 year old student continues to make me chuckle, too.
The other day he arrived at his lesson wearing his zip-front hooded sweatshirt on backwards, with the hood in front. He sat down to play, pulled the hood over his face, and played his ragtime piece "blind" as he said. He asked if he could do this for our recital! I said no!
_________________________
Piano Teacher

Top
#1415681 - 04/12/10 07:56 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Barb860]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Hi Barb,

Funny! Good for you for setting good boundaries for recital. I've got a 6 year old girl who plans to play Twinkle, Twinkle "backwards"--she puts her back on the bench and plays with her hands over her head. I agreed to it (along with other pieces played normally), but now I'm having second thoughts. It's a "piano party" though, and not a recital. Parents will watch from outside the studio. Would you let a child play it "backwards"?

Top
#1415742 - 04/12/10 10:01 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Lollipop Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/28/09
Posts: 820
Loc: Georgia
Ann - that's great! What great spatial ability she must have. At a piano party I would let her. Why not let the other students see someone having fun with piano?
_________________________
piano teacher

Top
#1415745 - 04/12/10 10:06 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Lollipop]
Crayola Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 299
Loc: Chicago, IL
You can be sure most of the other kids will go home from the party and try it themselves!
_________________________
Independent Piano Teacher, NCTM
Member of MTNA and ISMTA

Top
#1415847 - 04/12/10 01:11 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Crayola]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Thanks Lollipop and Crayola. I was afraid it would begin to be a variety show, and not look professional. Your comments have helped me to feel OK about the decision to let her play backwards.

Top
#1415870 - 04/12/10 01:47 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Crayola Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 299
Loc: Chicago, IL
I think kids should be taught the difference between formal and casual events, and how to appropriately dress or perform in whatever situation. This will help them grow in creativity as well as respect for the particular occasion. Beware though, you may have several kids ask to play in an untraditional posture next studio party! You don't want it to become a contest of who can perform while in the most contorted position. But I guarantee the audience will pay higher attention to her piece! =)
_________________________
Independent Piano Teacher, NCTM
Member of MTNA and ISMTA

Top
#1415895 - 04/12/10 02:43 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Crayola]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Crayola, your comments are helping me to distinguish between a casual piano party and a more formal recital. So I'll allow this sort of thing at the piano party, but not at a more formal recital. Next year I plan to rent a performance space for recitals, and your comments remind me that I need to teach the kids what is appropriate dress and behavior.

To rent a space and have a formal recital is a stretch for me...yet parents already attend the parties (although they stand outside the studio) and I already print a program. So it will be getting the information I need to reserve a space...and having the confidence to take this next step.

Top
#1415913 - 04/12/10 03:24 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Crayola Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 299
Loc: Chicago, IL
Formal recital are so fun! I would definitely encourage you to hold them, Ann. Each year I old 2 (I wish I could do more) and I love being able to meet my students' grandparents and cousins and neighbors. I have rented a church in the past, but this year I'll try it at my local Steinway dealership which has a performance room. I often decorate the stage or the reception with balloons, we get a group picture, and then I also hand out end-of-the-year awards and certificates. All of these things together help make it a special, memorable event that the student looks forward to months in advance and works hard to prepare for.
_________________________
Independent Piano Teacher, NCTM
Member of MTNA and ISMTA

Top
#1416053 - 04/12/10 09:28 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Crayola]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Hi Crayola, so far I've just started giving certificates as kids advance to a new level...just giving it to them at their lesson. What kind of certificates do you give? What kinds of awards do you give?

If you hold a recital at the Steinway dealership, will you go elsewhere for the reception? Are food and drinks allowed in the dealership performance room?

Thanks for the encouragement!


Edited by Ann in Kentucky (04/12/10 09:29 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling

Top
#1416144 - 04/13/10 12:34 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Crayola Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 299
Loc: Chicago, IL
I give perfect attendance certificates, as well as most improved player certificates. Starting next year I'll have students enter state exams and festivals, so I'll also recognize that at the recital. In the past I've done most positive attitude, and most prepared, etc. but that really gets rather subjective. I have not done gift awards, mainly recognition and a certificate, but I've sometimes given all the kids something - like a bag of treats or music pencils, or something small, basically a little reward for participating in the recital.

As far as the reception goes, right outside the recital room are tables for reception purposes. There isn't a lot of space to mingle, and hopefully no lemonade or brownie crumbs will be spilled on the showcase Steinways... I would be mortified...
_________________________
Independent Piano Teacher, NCTM
Member of MTNA and ISMTA

Top
#1416151 - 04/13/10 12:54 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Barb860]
rxd Online   happy
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/11/09
Posts: 1820
Loc: London, England
Barb860,
As a professional musician on other instruments, my sightreading is amazing. however, my sightreading at the piano is rubbish. I attribute this to the fact that nobody stopped me from continually looking at the keyboard.
This looks like a fun way of aquiring the spatial skills I have lacked for good sightreading and could be infectious if allowed to be demonstrated at a recital, even as a bit of light relief at the stiffest, starchiest recital.
_________________________
Concert & Recording tuner-tech, London, England.
"in theory, practice and theory are the same thing. In practice, they're not." - Lawrence P. 'Yogi' Berra.

Eschew obfuscation.



Top
#1416330 - 04/13/10 09:07 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Crayola]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Hi Crayola,
Thanks for the information. We have a Steinway dealer nearby, and I hope to rent their recital room. It helps to know that the store you're using made room for refreshments. I'll be there this Saturday to observe another teacher's recital...and find out details about the rental/use of space.

Top
#1416485 - 04/13/10 02:25 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
Erus Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Mexico
Originally Posted By: Ann in Kentucky
I've got a 6 year old girl who plans to play Twinkle, Twinkle "backwards"--she puts her back on the bench and plays with her hands over her head.


Mozart did tricks like that to impress people, I see nothing wrong with kids trying this. Could be a fun experience, it's good practice, might help kids practicing more, etc.

As long as they understand this is a party trick, and focus on improving and not showing off...

Top
#1416519 - 04/13/10 03:18 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Erus]
gdguarino Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/20/07
Posts: 317
Loc: New York City
In my long and varied semi-pro career I have occasionally played keyboards in odd ways, usually in front of audiences. I was significantly older than 6.

There was an instrumental tune that I really hated back in the '70s. I took to playing the melody with pencils (the eraser end)to amuse myself. I can also remember playing with a bag over my head from time to time. I find that playing without looking is easier if you don't think about it. Our fingers (especially old fingers) know their positions better than we think they do.

More recently have played songs with gardening gloves on. I have even tried, with reasonable success, to play through a towel that was laid over the keys. That last "technique" came about on a beach in misty weather. I had to wipe down the keys frequently, and the idea just popped into my head.

At one gig I played a solo with my index finger only (in the RH, the Left I played normally). To my great surprise, what started out as a bit of fun turned out to be an enlightening exercise. The limitation forced me to approach the solo differently, playing with an economy that sometimes eludes me. Try it sometime.

I did several gigs working the damper pedal with my left foot. This was unfortunately not a joke, I had an injured ankle at the time. I was surprised at how easy it was. I had expected it to be like writing with my off hand.

I'm not a teacher, but I think it's OK for a student to have a little bit of fun with their instrument, in proper proportion of course. Leave the real silliness for later in life, preferably at paid gigs.
_________________________
Greg Guarino

Top
#1419390 - 04/18/10 11:00 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Overexposed]
MsAdrienne Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 283
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Hi Ann!

There's no rental fee at our Steinway dealership. They provide the space as a service to area teachers. I was amazed they allow (and assume) refreshments around those pianos, but it worked out great. smile

~Adrienne
_________________________
Private piano teacher in Lexington, Kentucky
Member MTNA, NGPT Board of Adjudicators
http://www.pianolex.com
http://www.facebook.com/pianolex

Top
#1419400 - 04/18/10 11:20 AM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: MsAdrienne]
Pogorelich. Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 4535
Loc: in the past
I teach a girl and boy siblings, and several times after the boy's lesson the girl (who is 7 and has only played for a year but is really talented) comes downstairs and plays the melody of the last song the brother played.. It's hilarious and also I was surprised to find she has perfect pitch and such a good memory!
_________________________

'I want to invest my emotions only in music; it will never disappoint me or hurt me - it is a safe place to be.'

Top
#1419454 - 04/18/10 01:01 PM Re: chuckling over comments [Re: Pogorelich.]
Overexposed Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2649
Thanks Adrienne! What a nice surprise that there is no rental fee.

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
What's Hot!!
Christmas Header
Christmas Lights at Piano World Headquarters in Maine 2014
-------------------
The December Free Piano Newsletter
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
Yamaha CP Music Rest Promo
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
New Topics - Multiple Forums
CP50 noisy key...
by G. Bonner
12/22/14 12:30 PM
Partial versus Full Regulation
by MusicMagellan
12/22/14 12:22 PM
Knabe WG48 Opinions?
by stevetothink
12/22/14 10:58 AM
More instruments via MIDI?
by badbob001
12/22/14 10:42 AM
Xmas present
by Jytte
12/22/14 09:29 AM
Forum Stats
77391 Members
42 Forums
160054 Topics
2350524 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission