Marian Robertson Music
Suzuki piano and recorder teacher in Kent
On Sunday last, January 29th., Bella attended the Early Piano Workshop for the second time. We arrived at 10am and had a warm welcome, meeting up with other children she had been with last year and at Bryanston Summer School, and also some of her summer school teachers. It is always lovely to meet with other Suzuki families and teachers. It gives us all an opportunity to renew our enthusiasm for what we are doing.
Bella had an individual lesson within a small group so all the children had the opportunity of observing each other. This was followed by a Dalcroze (physical music in concepts) large group lesson where all the children had great fun participating in working on dynamics. Bella was able to lead her smaller group and conduct them in their final performance. After this session Bella played in the Concert Hall on a big black shiny grand piano and gave a wonderful performance of Christmas Day Secrets. We were so proud of her and her confidence.
The Easter Workshop took place this year at Trinity College of Music, Greenwich at the beginning of April. I was mainly involved with the recorder faculty but I did observe some piano classes. We spent 3 lovely days with many Suzuki families from all over the UK, and although each instrument group worked separately, we all come together for a glorious end of course concert in the magnificent St. Alphage Church.
I cannot help noticing, as always on these occasions, just how much effort Suzuki parents put in to developing their children’s lives and skills – a very dedicated team. Team spirit and comradeship are very noticeable but there is always a huge incentive to further music making at these workshops – everyone says the same – that when they return home the children are very motivated and ready to work with renewed enthusiasm after being inspired by their teachers and each other.
It was lovely to see 4 of my pupils there.
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