First piano lesson since quarentine!
June 30, 2020 3:50am CST
I just taught a lesson that is a "first" in two ways. 1. It is the first time my neighbor boy has had a piano lesson. 2. It is the first lesson I have taught in person since March 2. His little sister, age 5, started taking last year. Because she was very young, a lot of concepts were really difficult for her to grasp. Her brother just started third grade and so has already learned rhythm reading in school, and they play pianica (a keyboard that you blow into). So he has a lot of concepts. However, he did not know how to read note names (do re mi, or in English C D E.) He had already told me he reads the numbers. So I started the first lesson by showing him the system of going up the staff (line space line space line) by steps equals do re mi, and going down from middle C into the bass clef goes backwards (do si la). He grasped it immediately. I think he had just never had a teacher sit down and explain how it works to him. He was pretty excited. We then tried the first six pieces in the Level 1 book and he was able to read all the notes and play, although hesitatingly. He was pretty excited! I love teaching. I LOVE teaching. Because when a kid suddenly gets something that they have tried to figure out and it suddenly makes sense to them, they get a sparkle in their eye. And that is what I live for. Do you like teaching or helping people know how to do things?
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@petatonicsca He sounds like a special student too. You are a good teacher and he just needed the right teacher to listen to him. I am no teacher, but, have found that if I can help someone learn something and I feel really good afterwards that I helped someone.