So, I sat down to teach a brand new student this past Monday, Chesney.
She was SO nervous – clinging to her mother whispering, “I really don’t want to do this…”
I told Chesney we were going to have fun together. That she would be smiling and excited to play upon leaving the lesson that day.
Reluctantly, she sat on the bench.
I asked her a few questions and made a couple of jokes just to lighten the mood 🙂
She began to talk to me.
We then eased into her Faber, level 2A. She played “Home on the Range.” She played the piece well!
I congratulated her and asked, “Why do you like this piece.”
She said it has a nice melody. I told her that “I agree!”
Then I asked, “What’s your favorite style of music?” To which she replied, “I’m not sure, but I like the song from Harry Potter.”
“You mean this song?” I then proceeded to play the simple (not so simple – very chromatic) tune.
HER EYES LIT UP!
She walked away from that lesson having learned how to chord the harmony in her left hand and play half of the melody in her right hand.
And of course, she was assigned a small, but healthy dose of scales, and a song from her lesson book.
What’s for dessert after all of the veggies?? The theme from Harry Potter, of course 🙂
(That’s the power of connecting with a student on a level that instantly resonates with them. Finding the music that makes them tick!)
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