2011-09-13

Music is in the air at my house

April had officially dropped her UCMAS Arithmetic lesson and started her piano lesson in last Jun. She is currently engaged in tuition (3 days a week), Art lesson, Table Tennis training ( 3 days a week and Piano lesson. She even requested me to sign her up to the Ballet course a few months ago. I rejected her request this time, as I couldn't find any free time slot for her anymore.

It was quite a painful decision for me to drop her from the UCMas lesson, that she has learned the Division Equation, which will eventually allow her to proceed to the Intermediate level.

April is currently in Theory Music 2 and Piano Level 1 lesson now. I kept stressing to her music teacher that I do not want her to bring back any theory homework, and I do not want her to sit for the piano exam. I just want her to learn piano for fun. Am I weird?
On the other hand, May has finished her Music for Little Mozarts book 1, and now she is using book 2. They both are taking part in the mini piano concert soon.
In order to let them practise the piano, I bought this Yamaha piano from their music teacher. This piano was previously belong to the teacher herself, and it was strictly teacher-used piano.
 April and May love the piano very much.
I told them that they can play the piano any time they like, and they do not need to ask for my permission like they want to use computer or watch TV.

I want them having interest in playing piano. I want them to be able to release their study tension through playing piano. I want them to appreciate music and songs as much as I do. I want to enjoy the music in the air at my house.

I love this piano as much as my children do, as this is the first musical intrument in my house.

32 comments:

  1. oh how nice. it's good to have a piano at home so that the girls can do more practice. last time when ashley was at jmc, we didn't have a proper one to practice :( does april miss mental maths? ashley is doing multiplication now after a year with ucmas. wonder when she'll go to division :)

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  2. Good investment~ But I think it's not cheap eh?

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  3. Bravo to both April and May for 'leveling' to another interest. Playing music instumental is good to build up a child's creativity. And I personally believe it's healthy this way, compare to sticking and glueing in front of the TV or computer :)

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  4. kids nowadays really have lots of thing to learn and i am really overwhelmed by how packed their after-school schedule is.. really pity, are they really very stressed up?? haha, but i think give them an iPad and they should be okay~~ :p

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  5. Good investment. You girls must be very happy.
    My daughter last time learn 2 years she quit, then now graduate uni she said she want to learn piano again. My Son not interested to learn music.

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  6. You are not weird and you are not a kiasu mum coz I am just like you! If I let my girls learn piano, there will be no exams involved too. I hated my piano lessons during all my childhood days as there were exams - theory & practical every year and caused me lots of stress and misery.

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  7. Nice piano. Learning music is good. If your girls do not take the piano exams, are they able to advance to different Grades like 1 and so on?

    April after school scheduled is really hectic. She is such a clever girl to be able to cope.

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  8. Yan, definitely a nice thing that melody is in the house. Learning music is good. U plan very well for ur girls..."pooi fook".

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  9. I think it's great that you want your kids to learn to enjoy music and playing music. SOmetimes the exams just take away that joy of learning. I loathed my music lessons and exams and begged my parents to quit after Grade 3. If my kids don't show interests in pursuing music as a career, I won't force them into taking exams too.

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  10. Great both girls taking up piano.

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  11. Ohhh... how I wish I can listen to their plays! Love the way they concentrate on the pieces, keep it up Princesses! 'Jia You'^^

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  12. walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  13. Ian only goes to his Aikido and Art classes. He started his art classes again right after moving back here and he loves it.. No tuition for him yet and with lesser homework now, to fill up his free time, I got him some simple music books that use numbering as do-re-mi-fa-so and he has so much fun. :)

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  14. Nice piano have been trying to find something like this for my girl, would you know the model and where her piano teacher got it from.
    Anyway I don't think u r weird as i also ontend to let my girl play without having to sit for exams

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  15. Learning music is good. I love music too. As a kid, I completed my formal music education (piano) and actually ENJOYED practicing for my exams! I also bought a Yamaha Clavinova supposedly for Chloe but end up playing it myself to release stress hehe. I keep telling myself to teach Chloe but just not disciplined enough to do it. Sigh!

    I'm sure April and May will love their music classes too. Music exams are not all bad. It's just a little "push" to make them excel, that's all :)

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  16. It is good to have ac-companion to learn music. I believe this will cultivate a more encouraging atmosphere at home that two of them have similar topic to talk about and learn together.
    Yan, you have made a good decision and good choice.

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  17. Learning music IS really helpful. I'm currently doing a very stressful Dentistry degree and I'm grateful for having parents who paid for my piano lessons, and who were persistent for me to complete my musical education. I now have an electrical piano in my hostel too for stress relief. However, stressful piano exams may be,they are essential, you can't progress without exams, and will be left at a plateau. Exams allow you to be more disciplined as well pushing you further giving you better understanding. Its the matter of teaching methods. Teachers have to know the technique of balancing exam syllabus as well as letting kids play what they want for their entertainment. With that said, you don't have to take exams for every grade, just the basic, 5th grade theory for better understanding. For some reason, learning theory is really good for logic development.
    You have such great kids. Really enjoy reading your blog. I wish you all the best!

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  18. YKristen, you are able to find the answer to your question in ChloeRouyi's comment. The model is Yamaha Clavinova, and their music teacher bought it from YAMAHA.

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  19. Thanks Dai Shan for your input. I really appreciate it.

    Thanks Everyone for your opinion too.

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  20. I would love my kids to learn music too but i couldn't find any free time to bring them for lessons. They sleep early at night and I'm working 6 days a week. hmm.....

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  21. Hey, good for you. Finally, they have a clavinova to practise. I'm sure they're all excited. They looked so engrossed playing the clavinova.

    Their activities looked so packed! Reminds me of my childhood. LOL. That's why I don't know whether I want to do the same for my children.

    I want to sign for my daughter for ballet too but I just can't find the slot for weekend. You're working so how do you send them for their classes and lessons? All done at night?

    btw, is the arithmetic lesson good? and why did you want to stop it?

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  22. Carolyn, I arrange their lessons in the evening and weekend. The arithmetic lesson is good, if the kid has interest. I stop it as my daughter's schedule is too pack.

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  23. Perhaps the arithmetic lesson to be arrange on alternate week?? Is a bit waste to drop it...

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  24. i like your thinking of learning piano for the fun of it and not for the exams all..

    i have the same thought with u. ethan is requesting to attend piano lessons and i asked the teacher the same thing, if he can learn just for the sake of playing it and not sit for tests..

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  25. havent been here for so darn long! I believe learning piano at a very young age is much easier. I always wanted to learn piano when I was young but never got the chance to. Now its too late.

    jen @ www.charmoflife.ca

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  26. Hi Sheoh Yan, I always admire mothers who motivate their children to play the piano. Good for you, and glad to read your daughters are music inclined.
    Love the pics here.

    I love your daughter's cute pony tail.....and her concentration at the piano keys.
    Here in Toronto, every year there's a music challenge for school children from 6 to 16 years.

    And every year the big winners in piano, violin are Chinese kids. We always get impressed to see these Chinese kids age 6 to 8 playing Beethoven or Mozart.

    Practically every Chinese kid here plays the piano, encouraged by schools.
    As well most top students here are Chinese, and their exam scores always 99.9% on all studies.

    And to think my school days I never exceeded 55% for my maths with other subjects maybe 65%, ha ha, except for English and literature where I'll score distinctions.
    Have a nice day, stay young.
    Lee.

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  27. How I hope I have a Clavinova at home too!! April and may really enjoy playing piano!

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  28. Hi Yan

    Thanks for the info and immediately looked for one and found one that looks similar to yours, was wondering what model u r using and the price you paid for it b4 buying it for my girl


    thanks

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  29. ykristen, I paid RM1600 to the teacher. Brand new will be different.

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  30. Sheoh Yan, you are doing the right thing to encourage your kids to appreciate music. "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." - Ludwig van Beethoven Money well spent!

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  31. good things to start with music.. no you are not weird.. I remembered my mum told my teacher that I am suppose to learn music for FUN and not for exam.. however eventually, I was asked to go for exams too! :(

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