Another round of great lessons done today, guys.  Glad you all are taking your learning of music as seriously as I do!!


Marked improvement from last week is something to celebrate, Brigitte!!  Don’t be hard on yourself — learning the cello is something which takes incredible patience.

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: First 3 pages of your study book.
How to practice it most effectively: Make sure you’re core is ALWAYS engaged and you are MOVING to the rhythm of what you’re about to play!  Sound production is key, so keep your ears always attuned to the sounds you are making!!


So happy to be teaching you again this year, and so happy that your interest in learning the piano/music is continuing to grow!!  Also, am happy you are evermore willing to take on the challenges of unlearning bad habits from your early piano/music reading days.  Keep it up!!!  Don’t forget to bring your jazz book to lessons from now on.

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: Pieces to practice listed in your notebook.  Also, start learning the piano duet in the jazz book — only one month away until the recital!!
How to practice it most effectively:  Correct and steady rhythm — this has been a weakness of yours, but soon to be not anymore!
How parents can support practice:  Encourage/check in to see how Maz’s rhythmic exactness as to what’s written on the page is progressing.


Chill, brother.  Everything’s going to be all right!!!  Glad you made some personal reflections this week and expressed your determination to me today to ‘stick with it’ regarding your piano studies.  You will get there, and even master the piano if you want to if you continue with this attitude to overcome as you did today.  I have no doubt.

Minutes to practice: 45 per day.
What to practice: The pieces listed in your notebook.
How to practice it most effectively:  Following the instructions in your notebook.


Good lesson.  Remember to play the ‘note-naming game’ on the keyboard, and to fill in the rest of the key names (A, B, C, D, E, F or G) on pages 8 and 9.   Then, attempt to play the exercises/songs from pages 10 – 17.

Minutes to practice: 30 per day.
What to practice: The pages of the Primer Level you photocopied today.
How to practice it most effectively:  With fingernails cut short, on fingertips, hands in CLAW-LIKE formation!
How parents can support practice: Please purchase the Primer Level ASAP, and sit in with Jabari while he practices, asking him to show you what he’s supposed to be working on.