Play Piano

 

My students learn how to play the piano in a way where they use it to express themselves and improve the quality of their life, as well as to play with accurate technique.

Playing the piano is a great medium for expressing feelings and over time this can become a worthy part of your personal support system.

Music reaches where no words can!

Given that the majority of people learning the piano don’t want to become a highbrow pianist or soloist, and that doesn’t really interest me anyway, my approach is to encourage a practical heartfelt soulful method of self-expression.

The piano can be the means of an improved social life, retreat from the world (including corporate life),  coming home to your senses, a personal meditative spiritual practice, or even a way to bring listening pleasure to loved ones.

It is a truly special gift to be able to ‘reach’ deeply inside someone’s heart and give the joy of music – your music!

 

Gentle Discipline

Gentle Discipline

This morning I am curious about gentle discipline.

I know that usually when we think about discipline, it comes with ideas of being rigid in the pursuit of something. Being unbending. Unyielding. Tough on ourselves to serve an outcome.

What if, in the pursuit of the desired outcome, we could be gentle in our discipline?
What if, we could stay with the vision of what we want, and, be gentle?

I have noticed that when I am harsh with myself, the product of that harshness has an edge to it.
This is not something I prefer.

When I am gentle and coax myself, nurture myself through to achieve what needs to happen, it gets done.
It also comes with love and pride and the product of it has joy and satisfaction surrounding it.

Recently I bought a beautiful pottery bowl – handmade by an Australian. www.ClaybyTina.com
It is a thing of beauty.
Every time I see it, I smile – yes I believe beauty is important – for our spirit and for our soul to elevate our existence out of the merely mundane.
I am certain that she absolutely loves throwing pots on a wheel.
It emanates from that bowl.
Side by side, her bowl next to the mass-produced one I bought in a supermarket, it is patently clear she was feeling love and care and her spirit was engaged when she made her bowl.
It also feels very good to be supporting a local person producing beautiful things.

In our music practise, it is inevitable that there will be times that we simply don’t feel like it.
It is a given.
In the early stages of becoming a musician, practise needs to be consistent and frequent to build the skill – muscle memory and brain connections and the multiple new skills involved.

How can we be gentle with ourselves in the pursuit of our new skill?
How can we produce our thing of beauty and it be embued with love and care and spirit?
How can it be a routine that not only builds our skill but sustains and nourishes and nurtures us?
This is the feeling I have from Tina’s beautiful bowl.

Pamela Jordan is a Professional Piano Teacher Mentor in Seaforth, Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia.
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Discipline and Creativity

Discipline is the fuel of achievement.
Creativity sparks the flame
Passion fans the fire
Discipline keeps it going for as long as it takes.
 
Disciplining yourself can be tedious,
annoying, inconvenient
and even agonising.
And yet, the results brought about by self-discipline
cannot be reached in any other way.
Discipline puts your most incredible dreams within reach.
With self-discipline, you can make the best of your possibilities come to life.
 
How do you bring yourself to that level of discipline?
You get there by knowing what you absolutely must do,
knowing that through self-discipline
you can make it happen.
 
What do you know in your heart,
you are truly meant to accomplish?
When you experience life as a mission,
the discipline you need will be there.
Discipline and focus applied consistently over time,
can take you to truly amazing places.
Where is it you are uniquely suited to go?
 
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