Lenny Recorded his CD titled "Star Wars"
on December 15th, 2010 at age 7
I had fun preparing for the home concert. It also helped me to stay in touch with the piano. I enjoyed the opportunity to share music with my family and friends. I asked my mom to make an ear game: she would play a key on the piano and I would guess what was the note she played. I really got ambitious about guessing it correctly.
As a reward for my [Level 1] home concert, I went to Star Wars in concert with my mom. This inspired me to make my own variations on Star Wars which then became the core piece of my CD [Level 2]. When I learned “Prowling Pussy Cat” in piano class (which is also on my CD), I was nervous because there were so many sharp and flat signs that I thought it would take me a month to learn it. However, it took me only two days to learn how to play this piece without music which made me feel great and cool. I was confident, but also a bit anxious when I did the recording for my CD. I felt great about the outcome of my CD and was proud to present it to my family, teachers and friends as a holiday gift.
Music became our bonding language. Listening to Lenny’s music, his creativity on the piano, practicing together and playing duet was heart warming—especially during a very rough time in first grade. Preparing the program for the home concert and inviting friends required intense collaboration and helped with organizational and coordination skills. It always amazes me how Lenny demonstrates stamina with his piano practice, maximum focus for performances and ambition while recording his pieces for the CD!
Home concert and CD recording were fun long term projects keeping up Lenny’s motivation to work hard over several weeks.
~Isabelle (Lenny’s mom)
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