Marooned in the Modern World

In conjunction with my book "Swiss Family Suburban" this blog is from my diary; the diary of a wife and mum in a world where neither is valued highly. Beth Bill.

23rd April 2010

Now here's the best type of home schooling: While Jonti and Em were at their computer course I gave Matt a piano lesson in Asda Cafe! Imagine that - a piano lesson with no piano, how creative! We really did...

Matt is skipping ahead to the next grade and so we just needed to recap the next batch of scales and remind him to play for 3 octaves now. He's already heard some of the pieces before so we had a hum through a choice of pieces and looked at the background blurb to help him decide which piece to look at first. He's opted to go for a twentieth century French piece. He's quite interested in Debussy at the moment, as I have been looking at La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair). It's even better as the composer was taught be Faure, and Em has been playing a lot of Faure flute music - so Matt's quite keen. It's not often the lads get that flash of inspiration so you have to seize the moment. So, he has his practise laid out for the week and we had a nice half hour with a coffee and a hot choc. Great! (I wish it was always that simple).