entry from 3/6/12 (Mikey)
He is currently my youngest student taking lessons in the studio. We started with two of the Tonic Tutor games (Finger Puppets & Stick People – which was new & he completely understood the concept of stepping up, stepping down, and repeating notes by ear = yay!), reviewed RH & LH, covered some skills from his My First Piano Adventures books, and worked for the first time with note values… using simply animal names to clap/hold the beats… he came up with the most creative words & animals! :) We will cover some more of the terms later, but when learning a new language, studies have been shown that we first hear, then understand, then speak, then read, then write. He has heard, and is learning to understand. Speaking will come soon, and then reading. Writing is a skill forever honed – and like the others, forever developed. No hurry. Another great accomplishment today was the independence he has found in using fingers alone in an “over the mountain” hand position. Playing with donuts shapes is super fun! In the meanwhile, when his sister came in for her lesson next, he adamantly announced “I don’t want to leave!”. I love lesson days like this!