After having my parents around for a week, Cass misses her koong koong and granny very much. Yesterday she made a Whatsapp video call to her grandparents in Ipoh and spent a whole half hour talking to them and playing the piano to entertain them.
Yesterday Cass’ piano teacher told me that Cass will be ready to sit for the Grade 1 ABRSM exam next year. When I first sent Cass to Yamaha to learn piano 2.5 years ago, I did not have intention to let her sit for any exam. I just wanted to instill the love of music and piano in Cass. I wanted her to play the piano as a hobby. Practising the same exam pieces every day on end for months was such a bore for me, not to mention the anxiety of sitting for the exams. In those days, the examiners were flown in from England and I’d get really nervous talking to them.
I’m having a change of mind now. I’ll let her Cass go through the exams leisurely at her pace with no pressure. If she has the talent, I believe that she’ll breeze through all 8 grades and hopefully even the Diploma. I think it’s good that Cass has a backup skill in life which can be a golden ticket to help her earn a living 😉
Cass at 9 years 2 months
Cass learning musical notes from flash cards that teacher K made. Cass is being taught musical notes based on do-re-mi rather than ABCs. Yesterday teacher K flashed the musical notes cards at an alarmingly fast speed, as part of the training in teaching her to do speed sight reading.
Cass managed to read the notes at a speed of 32 seconds for about 10 cards. That is considered slow. And she is to ramp up the speed by next week. So, here’s to more work for me in practising with Cass at home!
Cass attended her 5th pop piano course at Yamaha last Saturday. She was introduced to the bass clef (left hand on the piano) and learned some theory in her 5th lesson.
Cass can now play a handful of simple songs from the book on her keyboard that her grandaunt has lent us. When she goes on to a higher level in a few months’ time, we will have to get her a piano.
Cass can spend hours playing on the keyboard on weekends. Yesterday, without even informing me, she picked up the house phone and dialled her granny’s house telephone number. She wanted her koong koong and granny to listen to her as she played on the keyboard! With the phone loudspeaker mode on, she played several pieces for her grandparents in Ipoh to hear…
And now, it looks like the drama queen is also yearning to learn the piano! Hubs and I told her that she can only choose one – hip hop dance or piano! She chose the former and is now taking lessons from Cass and me. It’s hilarious and heartwarming altogether to see Cass teaching Sherilyn. At least, this keeps them occupied, keeps them away from the electrical gadgets and keeps them away from disturbing Alycia while she studied for her exam.
Cass at her fourth pop piano lesson at Yamaha on Saturday…
Cass is now pretty familiar with the do-re-mis, A B Cs and counts of each note and which key on the piano representing which note.
At her 4th lesson on Saturday (14 Feb 2015), her teacher taught her to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Happy Birthday without referring to any book. She can now play Happy Birthday without referring to a book (treble clef only).
We have not bought any piano for Cass yet. Yes, my phobia of Cass losing interest in piano (just like myself) is still there and we are not buying a piano just yet. A relative is lending us her daughter’s old keyboard and we will make do with it for another 4-5 months. I think by then, we will know if Cass still has interest in learning the piano. If her passion is still strong like she has now, we will gladly buy her a piano. It will be a sacrifice for us not only financially (RM165 per month for fees and another RM6-7k for the piano) but we will have to get rid of one of our sofa sets to make way for the piano in the living room.
Since we do not have a keyboard or piano yet, Cass downloaded a piano learning app onto her iPad and she practises on it during her free time. Well, this is better than zilch practising right? lol! I am glad that Cass still has this burning desire to learn the piano and I hope that the interest will never falter.
For my blog reader who left a comment in my post on Cass’ piano lesson last month, my apologies for not replying earlier as I did not have an answer for you yet. It was still too early to comment on anything back then. If you still want to find out more on which piano course best suits your child, I think the best is still to make a trip to Yamaha with your child to enquire 🙂