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#383852 - 06/06/02 03:29 PM Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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He was about 5 years old and played something by Bach. He was amazing.

He played, I believe, a Hamburg Steinway C. They never showed the fallboard but it had Steinway styling queues and it was bigger than a B. Beautiful sounding piano.

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#383853 - 06/06/02 04:25 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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What? JL is going long-hair? What IS the world coming to?

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#383854 - 06/06/02 04:43 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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I missed it Derick. What was his name??
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#383855 - 06/06/02 05:18 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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I found it on the NBC website. His name is Noah Gray-Cabey. Here's a link to a story about him and his family:

Noah Gray-Cabey

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#383856 - 06/06/02 07:58 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Very nice article.

There's a bit in there about the advantages of home-schooling that raises some interesting issues for debate, and one that I'd surely like to rehash to get everyone's opinion again.
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#383857 - 06/06/02 08:55 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Music instead of video games. I love it. In fact, I bet if kids practiced their music as fanatically as they play video games, there'd be a lot more awesome musicians out there.

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#383858 - 06/06/02 09:27 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Hey hey hey hey! Don't badmouth video games! Trust me, I practice piano just as fantastically as I play my Gamecube games and PC games. Don't assume just because a person plays videogames, it means that they aren't doing anything worthwhile. I consider myself an awesome musician, and I play video games.

I'm completely for video games. I'm an A student, I'm going to a good college, I play much piano, and I like a good video game too. Maybe you should try one too.

Suggestions: Virtua Fighter 4, Guardian Heroes (old school Sega Saturn), Final Fantasy VI (old school Super Nintendo), Super Smash Brothers Melee, and Resident Evil (on Gamecube) to name a few.

If you want music games, Dance Dance Revolution is a GREAT game for your dancing skills, and Beatmania is a good game for finger coordination and sight-reading.

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#383859 - 06/06/02 11:36 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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I play two characters in Dark Age of Camelot myself and have been a video game nut for years. (DAOC is an internet role playing game like Everquest...) Haven't tried Resident Evil, but I've heard go things, so I'll have to give it a whirl.

Nothing is wrong with any of the "enemies" of the piano most teachers complain about. Sports, TV, going to the Mall, etc... I even heard a teacher once complain about dance lessons and knew another who would complain about her students watching too much TV while she herself spent all her free time in the garden (and not practicing...)

Video games are a bit of a hobby for me. I watch maybe 3-4 hours of TV a week (if that), and play a round of golf every couple weeks. (Try to get to the driving range every few days as well.)

Of course, I practice a lot, too. I've already learned about 75% of my recital for next September. I'll be playing one piece from it next Friday at a convention and some more at the camp where I teach in July.

I don't think video games, sports, TV, or anything are "enemies" of the piano. But I do believe most people are extremely bad with managing their time. I think this is why home schooling works - parents get better control over their children's time. Personal attention and personalized curriculum may help as well, but I have a feeling it's the efficient and concentrated use of time that provides the greatest benefit.

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#383860 - 06/07/02 04:00 AM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Registered: 05/20/02
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Loc: Washington State
I saw The Tonight Show, and I thought little Noah was very good!

Re. home schooling: I home school my son. There are definite advantages. JS's assessment (better control over children's time, efficient and concentrated use of time) is right on. In addition, we're able to focus on my son's needs, rather than having to follow a strict "canned" curriculum. By this, I don't mean that we just ignore the 3Rs, but rather, we can take short detours if need be. For example, if we really need to work on a character trait, we can take a few days out to focus on that. Or, if he's having trouble with a particular subject, I'll know about it (because I'm his teacher) and we'll be able to address any problems.

I also agree with JS that video games, sports, TV, etc. aren't "enemies" of the piano (or music). I'll also add that those things aren't enemies of academics, either. My son enjoys a variety of activities: math and reading, using the computer (mostly, he plays games, but he does other stuff on it, too), watching tv (although we do limit his tv time), and... drumming!

[*sigh* He probably won't take after Mom and be a piano player, but he sure loves to drum!]
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#383861 - 06/07/02 05:31 AM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Joshua Bell is a video game fanatic and admits that he often spent more time playing them when he was young than practising. So video games aren't an enemy of the violin either.

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#383862 - 06/07/02 10:59 AM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Glad to see Jay Leno makes the ocasional nod to Classical music. Johnny Carson regularly had such pianists as Byron Janis and Horacio Gutierrez on. Let's hope Jay keeps it up.
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#383863 - 06/07/02 01:24 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
ianlim Offline
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Registered: 05/20/02
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Loc: singapore
while we are on the subject of whizz kids
anybody knows what he was playing? http://www.vivamusic.com/asx/events/interview_with_keegan_ng.asx

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#383864 - 06/07/02 01:57 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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Hi Moki. Nice to find another homeschooler here. Shantinik homeschools his daughters as well. One of them is quite the pianist.

Homeschooling doesn't guarantee that one's children will be talented but it does allow them time to pursue interests like music or sports if they are so inclined.

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#383865 - 06/07/02 02:32 PM Re: Did anyone see that kid on Jay Leno last night?
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He announced it was a Bach Partita in C minor.

I was impressed with how at ease he was conversing with all the grown-ups, talking about gross kid stuff in great detail. Adam Sandler -- seated grinning next to him -- certainly met his match ;\)

This made it all the more kewl when he sat at the piano and played Bach with such ease and such small hands!

Joy

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