Have you ever watched Toopy and Binoo? It’s a children’s cartoon, and I’m pretty sure it was created to test the limits of my sanity. This is no exaggeration… I dare you to watch an episode!
And yet my daughter, Halle, could watch it for hours. But of course I don’t ever let her… unless the house is a disaster and I desperately need just 10 minutes to run around like my feet are on fire in an attempt to make it appear as though I’ve got it all under control… but I digress!
Back To That Crazy Mouse
As I was saying, if I hear that crazy mouse hoot through another oddly insane peal of laughter I might lose it, but my daughter laps it up. And of course she does, because no doubt a lot of hard work and research went into creating a cartoon that children (not adults) will love.
Supplementary Repertoire Selection Is No Different!
If you’re like me, asking your piano students to bring in some music that they like to listen to and would like to play can be a dark, mysterious, and sometime frightening journey into the unknown. Now I like to think that I’ve got a pretty good handle on what is cool these days, but even I get a shock once in a while when a student lets me listen to her iPod. But that’s okay… music for tweens and teens is created for tweens and teens! What I find appealing isn’t important.
And Shocking Music Is Alright With Me
As long as the shock arises from crazy rhythms or offbeat harmonies, and not from suggestive or vulgar lyrics, I’m willing to let my piano students try anything. It is not up to me to determine what inspires and motivates my piano students; music is too personal to take complete control like that. I know that if my piano students learn to play the music they love, that sooner or later they’ll learn to love the music I play!
What popular music is trending in your piano studios right now? Share in the comment section below!