Andrea and I get emails regularly from Teach Piano Today readers wondering when we find time to sleep and how we manage to keep up with everything we’ve got going on.
Our answer is usually that we don’t sleep, however truth be told, we rely on our families a lot. We are blessed to have wonderful parents who live very close by and will do literally anything for us!
Case in point… the video below.
Yesterday, as we prepared to launch May’s Piano Book of the Month, and feeling a bit snowed under, I called my Dad to take Halle to the park so we could get our work done without Hide and Seek and Fishy Cracker breaks.
But in the time it took him to get from his house to our house (3 minutes), it occurred to me that he might be the perfect person to showcase May’s Piano Book of the Month!
You see, May’s Piano Book of the Month, which went out to many PianoBookClub’ers this morning and will go out to many more as May moves along (the book is delivered on the monthly anniversary of each subscribers sign-up day), is called Duets For Me and My Not-So-Musical Mates. It is the perfect resource for giving your students music that they can play with friends, parents, grandparents, and siblings.
This book is full of music designed to be played by your piano students and their “not-so-musical mates”. Each piece contained in this book is accompanied by a very simple secondo part that can be taught by rote (and the handy “buddy page”) and played along with the your piano student’s part.
Dad Became Our Not-So-Musical Guinea Pig
So it was that my dad became the perfect subject for a video preview. He is a welder in a pulp mill whose rough, calloused hands have never (and I mean never, ever) touched a piano. As an incredibly talented athlete who runs over 80 miles a week, finding time to play piano just isn’t in his cards.
And yet yesterday, for the first time, I coerced him into making his debut piano performance. The video below is his completely unrehearsed performance. We literally sat him down showed him where to put his fingers, gave him a little demo… and let the video roll. Here is the result (P.S. send him a little love in the comments below… I mean seriously, look at the concentration!!)