What Do Kids Like?

Piano Student: Creativity


Reflection

As I approach our Fall Recital coming up in the next few weeks, I like to reflect on my role as a piano teacher. Taking the time to examine my approach to lessons in a fast, changing world is good for the soul. Most importantly, I like to take a look at my students growing as musicians and are they having fun in piano class!

Through the internet, I am able to glean rich advice from other piano teachers. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you're desiring a change in your piano studio approach.


  • What do kids like?
  • How does this work?
  • Will students like this?
  • How can I use this to teach?
  • Why do kids like this?
  • How would changing this part of things change the process?
  • Why is this not fun?
  • Why does this work?
Meet Fred: Piano Diana



Creativity

I learned from other bloggers that creativity is not creating something new. Creativity is recombining elements that already exist in a new way.


I would say that improvising is for independent thinkers. Many of my piano students enjoy making a song fancier and some kids love to jazz up a song! These are the young people who like to memorize music, practice daily and are totally immersed in music reading and learning the language of music.

They are confident to practice. They are reading notes rapidly and choosing songs with strong melodies.

So, what do you want to change in your studio?

Side Note

Oh, my goodness! Creating our scarecrow Fred was a hilarious event, filled with great memories. We just used all the free materials we could find and soon we were standing Fred up in our yard.

If you're looking for another creative format inside your piano studio, how about making a Baroque wig? For the Fall, some of my students have participated in playing Bach's Minuets while wearing a composer wig! 

Piano Diana-Baroque Composers

By the way, what are you working on in learning the language of music?

All the best,



"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey

Learn I'm Still Standing

I'm Still Standing: Piano Diana

My granddaughter (7-years-old) and I saw the movie Sing! Did you see it? This is the song she's most impressed with... It's one of her favorites!



I'm Still Standing

Words and Music by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Time: 4/4 Lively Rock

Intro


  Am - Dm/A - E/A - F/A - G/A (2xs)

Verse 1
        
A                     D/A
You could never know what it's like
      E/A                        A
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
               Bm7/A                             E
And there's a cold lonely light that shines from you
        F#m                         D              A    Bm/A A 
You'll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use 

Verse 2
A     D/A
And did you think this fool could never win?
       E/A                    A
Well look at me, I'm coming back again
         Bm7/A                    E
I got a taste of love in a simple way
      F#m           D                            A           Bm7/A   A
And if you need to know while I'm still standing you just fade a-way 


Chorus                      
               Am7          Am                  Em/G    
Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did 
                Dm7                          Fmaj7   G
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid 
Am7          Am          Em/G
I'm still standing after all this time 
                 Dm7                         E7
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind 
          Am         Dm7        E
I'm still standing...yeah yeah yeah!
          Am         Dm7        E7    F/E - G/E
I'm still standing...yeah yeah yeah!

Verse 3
A                  D/A
Once I never could hope to win
       E/A                         A
You starting down the road leaving me again 
      Bm7/A                              E
The threats you made were meant to cut me down 
            F#m              D                 A     Bm7/A    A
And if our love was just a circus you'd be a clown by now 


Chorus                      
               Am7          Am                  Em/G    
Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did 
                Dm7                          Fmaj7   G
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid 
Am7          Am          Em/G
I'm still standing after all this time 
                 Dm7                         E7
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind 
          Am         Dm7        E
I'm still standing...yeah yeah yeah!
          Am         Dm7        E7    F/E - G/E
I'm still standing...yeah yeah yeah!

Am                               Em/G
I'm still standing better than I ever did,
               Dm7                           Fmaj7                      
lookin' like a true survivor, feelin' like a little kid.
      Am                     Em/G
And I'm still standin' after all this time
                       Dm7                                        E
pickin' up the pieces of my life without you on my mind.
                     Am     Dm7           E7
I'm still standing... yeah, yeah, yeah
               Am          Dm7            E7     F/E  G/E  Am
I'm still standing... yeah, yeah, yeah.

Intro Chords

L.H. / R.H.

Am = A/ACE
Dm = A/ADF
E/A = A/G#BE
F/A = A/ACF
G/A = A/BDG

Verse Chords

L.H. / R.H.

A = A/EAC#

D/A = A/F#AD

E/A = A/EG#B

Bm7/A = A/BDF#

E = E/EG#B

F#m = F#/C#F#A

D = D/DF#A

Chorus Chords

Am = AA/ACE

Em/G = GG/GBE

Dm7 = DD/ACF

Fmaj7 = FF/FACE

G = GG/BDG

Am = AA/ACE

E = EE/G#BE

E7 = EE/DG#B

F/E = EE/G#BE

G/E = EE/BDG

Am = AA/ACEA

Have fun!


"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life." -- Art Blakey
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