An Adult Piano Student lands the Gold!
edited: Saturday, November 12, 2011
By Shirley S Kirsten
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011
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The pay-off for practicing is a treasured medallion. A middle-aged piano student from Holland caps 4 years of study, earning a well deserved award.
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Today, I launched the piano Olympics.. well not really. No one in this studio of hard-working adults and children is competing for a medal, but just the same, I have shimmering GOLD stickers that are individually awarded to deserving students.
Today, Marie earned her sparkling medallion and proudly displayed it after some prodding.
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In addition she was added to my Wall of Fame at the entranceway.
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Here's Marie in piano karma. Oops, Aiden interrupted her meditation....
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More photos at the Steinway:
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Marie began piano studies at my current studio in approximately 2007 when I had just moved from a knee-crushing cubicle to a civilized space.
She'd taken previous lessons, but had a significant hiatus of unknown length. I remember her first lesson well. She had no specific pieces to play for me but was ready, willing and able to embark upon a musical adventure.
The enthusiasm was there and remains to this day.
Here's the musical terrain we covered:
Pentascales or five finger positions in Major/parallel minor relationship--all keys.
Four octave Major and minor Scales and Arpeggios in parallel and contrary around the Circle of Fifths. (We are currently adding 10ths and 3rds)
<strong>Repertoire</strong>, following a review romp through the Faber Accelerated Adult Beginner Books--Lesson, Performance and Theory:
James Hook Minuet; Anna Magdalena collection, Minuet in G (attributed to Christian Petzold, and not J.S. Bach as formerly believed; Clementi Sonatina in C, Op. 36 no. 1, (all movements), "First Sorrow" and "Wild Rider" from <em>Schumann's Album for the Young</em>, Rameau Menuet en Rondeau; Mozart Dance in F Major; J.C Bach Prelude in A minor and Andante in A minor; Chopin Prelude in A Major; Chopin Waltz No. 19 in A minor, Op. Posthumous; Beethoven "Fur Elise."
Progress has been steady and satisfying. I enjoy Marie's devotion to the piano, and laud her for acquiring a lovely, resonant Acrosonic Baldwin after letting go of her skittish Kincaid with all its built-in handicaps.
The Acro is kept in tune, and has featured piano status as the centerpiece of her living room. A cage full of cackling parakeets, is nearby, and a cat and dog who co-exist harmoniously, join in a chorus of approval while Marie practices.
I had the honor of presenting a concert on this very piano for Marie's mother's birthday. She was heading toward her 90th, but had a few years to go.
Apparently, mom, had quite a musical background and taught Marie a bit of piano in Holland where the family lived.
I keep these as a reminder of Marie's musical presence in between lessons.
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