What makes our lives as piano teachers so joyous, are special, uplifting moments that intersperse our lessons. And perhaps because of the latest technology, we can feast on a banquet of inspiring musical encounters, re-played at our pleasure.
More and more private music teachers are videotaping lessons, or portions of them to help students along during the week while others are experimenting with virtual distance learning. For certain most are not jumping on the rocket ship to Skyperlot, a far cry from Camelot. But what about Cameralot?
Today, I was firmly grounded in my piano studio, not anywhere up in cyberspace, but with the camcorder running during my morning lesson. I knew I could expect a few “defining moments” that should be “captured” and preserved (aka “uploaded’) to You Tube. The video-editing process had become an inveterate habit that I could not beat with any form of rehab.
My ten-year old pupil, used to the power on click and red light beaming for at least half of her lesson, had known that I would review the footage and share pertinent segments of her lessons that were meant to improve her playing. As a result she would possess more than a fleeting memory of her time spent at the studio.
For our musical itinerary, we had planned to revisit the J.S. Bach Invention 1 in C, followed by Chopin’s Waltz in A minor, No. 17, Op. Posth. with Mozart’s K. 545 slow movement as the finale.
Defining moments came and went but they were “saved” on Hi 8 cassette.
The results were noteworthy.
If we had gone in reverse by fast-forwarding, as a paradoxical turn events. we would have encountered THREE BLIND MICE invading Mozart’s K. 545, slow movement.
Try this sample:
And then we rolled over to Chopin’s Waltz playing through the last page with its shifting mood, and reflection of times past. (I was philosophical)
And finally we experienced a brief encounter with J.S. Bach, the father of divinely inspired moments. The Invention in C had a C# that stole my heart and had everything to do with a tender modulation to D minor.
So in the last analysis, I’m gratified to have my camcorder rolling, lest I bemoan losing what is so dearly treasured from lesson to lesson– those defining moments that must be within my reach and never forgotten.