Time to celebrate 2 more winners in the 50 Piece Challenge! Two wonderful students received a book of fun, fun music and got their pictures added to the wall. The one student was just bothered that he hadn’t been the first. I gave him a copy of Beverly Porter’s Clowning Around and More. He was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t stop thanking me. After all, this is by the same composer as the (famous in some circles) Chromatic Rag – loved by students and loathed by parents because of the sheer repetition that happens when kids really like something. (Too bad I can’t end my week with this student!)
I gave another student Imagination by Teresa Richert. It’s a lovely book with imaginative drawings. It’s just easy enough for her that she can go home and play the pieces all summer without needing my help. (I’d also love to end the week with her!). Both these composers are part of the Red Leaf Pianoworks collective.
Besides their pictures, I have a few goodies – mostly from oddquartet.com – posted on my wall – the Lord of the Rings Circle of 5ths, the Field Guide to the Science of Musical Sound, and the Should You Be Practicing flow chart. The Bass Clef line notes are there (Grizzly Bears Don’t Fly Airplanes) – and I have noticed a few eyes wandering in that direction while we’re drilling flashcards. That one comes down for next week’s drills.
A fabulous bit of inspiration is hanging up there – if not for my students, at least for me. I must say, though, that the word “bash” when applied to octaves is meant in the figurative, creative sense, not as a particular technical approach