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We are also thrilled to be launching International Piano Week!
Melbourne composer, Sonny Chua has written a piece he describes as a ‘musical smile’ especially for The Piano Teacher magazine.
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We are encouraging all piano teachers to have their students perform it during lessons in International Piano Week – September 1-7th 2014
The piece is called Umi’s Lullaby and there are so many ways you can use the piece.
- Play it as a duet with beginner students
- Use it as sight reading for older students
- Include it as one of the 40 Piece Challenge pieces
- Encourage students to improvise with it
- Write a variation or arrangement and add other instruments
- Add words or write a story or performance notes about the piece. Answer the question: Who is Umi?
We encourage students to upload their performances to Youtube and include International Piano Week Umi in the title. Then tweet about the performance using #IPWUmi.
Students might like to perform it at a school assembly or in a concert for family or friends.
Music stores might invite students in to perform Umi’s Lullaby on display pianos.
Teachers might contact a local newspaper or radio and give an interview about how your studio is participating in International Piano Week; write a blog about their experience preparing for IPW or upload outstanding or unusual student performances to http://www.facebook.com/AustralianPianoTeachersMusicHUB
The possibilities are endless!
We will collate a tally of performances heard and report back in Issue 6 of The Piano Teacher magazine.
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Piano Teacher Christina, from Rockhampton sent through a photo of her 40 Piece Challenge wall with this message:
“I wanted to share with you the bit of fun I’m having with my students at the school I teach at.
Our room has 2 walls carpeted for acoustics, so I thought I’d use this to my advantage and design this playing board for the students.
Each student has been given a little character to decorate which is their playing piece for the year.
I have some very creative students!
We are very excited about the challenge and I have some keen beginners who have already moved up the board.”
Thanks, Christina. We look forward to seeing how your students progress.
We heard from a lovely piano teacher from WA today, who writes about the challenge:
“I did venture into the 40-piece challenge last year (read about it on one of Tim Topham’s blogs) – well, I gave my students a choice of 20 or 30 or 40 pieces – and found there was quite an even spread amongst them of which challenge they undertook (though I did have one little lad who opted for the 20 piece challenge but completed that in 2 1/2 terms and then asked me for another challenge sheet!!)
I asked parents to give their children a little treat/reward at 10, 20, 30 and 40 pieces and asked the kids to make sure they reminded their parents!!”
Irene – WA
Teachers, to encourage suitable musical “rewards” to be given by parents to students, why not assist with a list of repertoire suggestions. Ensure the repertoire is easy enough so that the student and parent achieve instant musical gratification when the book is gifted.
For example, if a child has just completed their 3rd Lesson Book in a series (for example Level 3 of the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library)
suggest one of the books from the correlated series, perhaps a Broadway or Popular Collection. Allowing the parent to choose gives them some ownership or the idea and allows them to hear the music that they want to hear in the home.
Another great source of ideas for 40 Piece Challenge repertoire is the Piano Teacher Magazine.
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A big welcome to the 40 Piece Challenge to Megan from Ontario in Canada.
Megan writes that as part of her preparation for the challenge she is planning on having a group lesson at least once every 2 months so all her students can play their new pieces for each other – an ideal performance opportunity in a non-threatening environment.
Good one, Megan!
I wonder how many other teachers are engineering special performance opportunities for their students?
Donna from Gippsland writes:
I thought people may be interested in our poster, where students can track their progress and that of other students. This will be on display in my studio and I will fill in the name of each piece along with a sticker. last time I did a similar (30 piece) challenge, the poster really spurred students on, especially those who thought they were in with a chance for learning the most pieces!
Great idea, Donna. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Di Burt from Banksia Beach in QLD has signed up for the challenge and has come up with a really unique idea.
“I’ve just made up my student diaries for 2013 and have included an international passport for each child together with a colourful map of the world.
The passport has 40 opportunities to enter a completed piece – the cost of flying from one place to another. It’ll be fun to see who doesn’t get home in time for Christmas and who gets around the world once in 40 lessons!!!! Just have to hope Brisbane airport can cope with the extra demand for travel”
Di is happy to send any interested teachers her template for the passport. If you would like a copy to play around with and change to suit yourself, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you in touch with Di.