Week Ten is the final week of Term One and so this is the last Student of the Week post. I am very happy to award Student of the Week to 10 year old, Charlotte, who started lessons at Top Notes Music Studio in November last year, after completing her Grade Two exam with another teacher. Charlotte had two major achievements in this last week of term. Firstly, she succeeded in playing her chromatic scale perfectly first go in her lesson, not once, but twice, and with two different articulations! Charlotte has been working hard on this difficult scale all term. And then she surprised me again!
I had asked Charlotte to pick a new piece to learn from her Grade Three exam book. Not only had she learnt the entire piece perfectly, but she had researched it on the internet, listened to a piano version of the same piece (which helped her learn the difficult samba rhythm) and was able to talk very confidently about what the title, Tequila Sunrise, meant and the imagery she could associate with people drinking Tequila Sunrises and dancing the samba! In learning music we learn so much more than just the dots on the page, or what to do with our fingers on the instrument! Unfortunately Charlotte is too young to enjoy a Tequila Sunrise yet, so she will have to make do with the musical version which we are going to have some fun with together. Well done Charlotte! Great work!