One of my students has been having difficulty learning to read music. I blogged about it in January – you can read the post here. Last month I contacted the parents and mentioned that there has been virtually no progress in almost 2 years, and that I simply wasn’t equipped to deal with what might be dyslexia. Their response was that the boy loves playing, he has a good ear, what we have done has been so good for his self-esteem, and that they don’t expect that I’m “qualified” to deal with learning issues. So, he’ll be back next year.
Yesterday, I think things started to click. After months of colour-coding all the notes, exploring a wide range of sounds that can be made on the piano, and transposing familiar tunes all over the keyboard – with and without pedals – yesterday he was able to read a few pieces in middle C position with no help from the pencil crayons.
I’m celebrating this small measure of progress