This past weekend, I was blessed to see one of my former students, who I count as a precious friend. Carys just completed the 8th grade. Carys and her parents feel like part of my extended family.
Carys came to me as a second grader, bright-eyed and ready to learn piano. Little did I know all the things I would learn from her! Through the years, she eagerly practiced and soaked up all that I could give her. We studied everything from Bach to Beatles to 12-bar blues. She loved country and classical. She studied theory, played in recitals, and joined others in duets and ensembles.
Somehow, it worked out that Carys was the last student in my schedule for the week. When she bounded out the door, she always turned back and said, "Thank you - Hope you have a great weekend!" I could always count on Carys to help me set up for recitals, and clean up afterwards. She even turned pages for my professional duet recital last year. Her optimism and love for music kept me going.
Last December, I closed my studio in Katy and moved with my family to Denton, Texas. One of the hardest goodbyes was to Carys and her family.
I was so glad to hear that Carys had continued lessons with one of my colleagues and friends in Katy, Diana Lopez. Carys joined the Katy MTA Ensemble and performed last weekend at the Texas Music Teachers' Association Convention. She also performed at the All-Star Festival and received a gold medal with the rating of superior plus!
Carys, your victories are my victories, and I celebrate your success! You will go far in life, no matter what you choose to do. Always remember that I am your friend, and I have your back. Love, Ms. Kay
Scales are simply patterns that help pianists to limber up our fingers, and aid in composing, improvising, and understanding music. Austin started learning scales on his third lesson, eight weeks ago. Today, he completed my "scale challenge" - which is like a final exam on scales!
There are 12 scales in the set that Austin has learned. To complete the challenge, he had to memorize them all, then be able to play five randomly picked scales by memory and NOTE PERFECT! Austin completed the scale challenge today and was rewarded with $20 composer bucks. Combined with his other composer bucks - Austin earned a $5 itunes gift card. Way to go, Austin!