Saturday, March 3, 2012

Basic Piano, Please

I have been interviewing a few families as I increase my studio size. One of the interviews this week included the statement, "we're really looking for basic piano lessons, you know, no frills, teaching them to play." I regret that I didn't probe that question further.What did the Dad mean by that?
I think I didn't question him more because I sort of DID know what he meant. I have an active studio with many opportunities to be involved. I like offering contest, exams, recitals, festival and other events. I want the students to feel joy and success when they performed something well.
What I have been asking myself ever since is: what is "Basic" to piano study? What constitutes "no frills" piano? Do I want to teach students who are looking for this type of lesson? Do I want students who are hungry to pounce on every event placed before them? So many questions. These are topics I will be pondering the next few blogs. I really hope you will share your thoughts with me as the topics come up.
(Picture - Joe Friday, from Dragnet, whose favorite line was "Just the facts, Ma'am."

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A New Day, On Leap Day

I think I'm ready to begin blogging again. I've been keeping pictures on Facebook under Wolf Piano, for those who would like to view them. It's a weird ol' year, isn't it?
There's an extra day.
It's not just the Year of the Dragon, but the year of the Water Dragon, which only happens every 60 (six-zero) years.
March 1st you will be able to see all 5 visible planets with a naked eye at dusk.
It's an election year.
It's been rumored the world will end.
My first born graduates from High School.
It's my 30th class reunion in July.
And I've had the studio 20 years, in September.
I'm pretty sure I missed a few details.
Somewhere in here is a song.

Who's been to Visit?