He has come a long way. From his First Mini Piano Recital to his first ever Yamaha Junior Music Course (JMC) Exams 2 years ago.
Yes, this was Shern about 2 1/2 years ago when he was 6yo.
16 October 2015
One thing though, he has always loved going for classes, even now.
I'm sure friends play a very important role there, as he made many good friends in his Yamaha class.
But the teacher's role is even more important.
I personally believe that having a great teacher plays a very important part in nurturing the child's interests in a subject(s).
Thus, I am so blessed that both Shern and Khye have such a dedicated and great piano teacher.
His teacher is great in teaching the syllabus, and also to throw in certain songs of their interests.
Eg: Besides the usual Yamaha syllabus, he teaches them to play Xmas songs during Xmas, CNY songs during CNY, Beauty & the Beast song when it was a hit in the cinema, etc.
This makes learning fun and not just restricted to play the syllabus only.
His teacher is also great in maintaining class order, ensuring discipline and yet is a really fun teacher.
He often gave them class parties and the most recent one was because they just finished their JXC exams.
And also to reward them, they each got a Shaker pencil with their names engraved in it. All out of his own pocket money!
With his teacher's influence, Shern loves Richard Clayderman's songs and so he started learning to play on his own.I tried printing out the notes for him but then they got a bit too tough for his level. And so he tried to learn through watching Youtube videos.
He learned a little and was ecstatic he could play his favourite songs. This spurred him on..
What I'm proud of is standing by and watching how his interest in piano grew.
And to see him having the interest to want to learn how to play a song. To see him working hard learning how to play it.
And then his teacher stepped in and taught him properly on using the correct fingering and correcting his mistakes. And then with the correct guidance, he is learning faster than on his own.
And so this is Shern attempting and still learning how to play the song.
Still lotsa hiccups and mistakes but then he is learning.
Enjoy listening to him learning how to play. I recorded him while he was practising...This short video clip was taken about a month ago.
One day I hope he can play the whole song properly for me to enjoy.....
And I really have to thank his teacher for instilling his love for music.
Thank you teacher. Thank you for making them love making music.