Piano lessons have been going really well. We missed a lesson while we were out of town and it felt like when we came back we were really far behind. The songs have gone from simple 3 note practices to full songs, played two hands together. WHOA we have come a long ways. So this last 2 weeks I have had to bribe motivate Jett to practice a bit more. However, the payoff has been that he is so proud to play the piano. He can now play the King song with both hands at the same time, and will sometimes play with his nose. Why? Because he is thrilled that he can.
One day I was trying to get him to just read the notes on the music, rather than me helping him and I realized he didn’t know how to do it. Our teacher has gone over it many times in every class but I think he just spaces it. So we worked really hard at home to review the notes on the keyboard as well as on the staff. The last two weeks have dramatically improved, and better yet Jett loves that he can actually play a song, two hands together, and we are learning Jingle Bells.
As someone who has taken piano for many years, I am really liking the Yamaha method of teaching. I can see where it is headed, and I love that my son (and hopefully me by association) will have the skills to hear a song, sing it, and then play it. That is a skill I never learned. I can sight read really well. I can sit down and practice a song and play it. I cannot hear a song on the radio and figure out how to play it. I think that is such an amazing skill to have for someone who already knows how to play the piano. I love that they are learning it all together.
I also wanted to share a great promotion that Yamaha is running from now until the end of February, 2015.
Yamaha Education Growth Initiative
The Yamaha Education Growth Initiative (EGI) is a rebate that works as a credit towards music lessons with the Yamaha Music Education System. When you purchase a new Yamaha product from now until February 28, 2015, you qualify for a lesson tuition credit towards the Yamaha Music Education System group lessons. For example, if you were to buy a brand new Yamaha Grand Piano, you would get $500 to put towards group lessons with the Yamaha Music Education System. There are a variety of instruments that apply, including drums, guitars, brass and woodwinds, each with their own level of rebate. With courses for any age and skill, the timing is perfect for anyone who is considering enrolling their child in January 2015.
EGI Rebate Brochure 2014
If you are in Calgary, Yamaha Music Lessons are available at Sonata Yamaha.