Seasons of Piano Lessons

The Camellias Will Be Here Soon

There was a different colour on the branch. Something different from the usual shades of green and brown.
A different shape too.
Oh, it’s a bud!
Oh?
In December?
Let’s think about that. When we arrived here in late March 2020, this camellia shrub was fully in bloom. Amassed with champagne pink flowers. Such a delight to see from my Atelier window and to walk past in and out of our cottage.
Now it’s January.
The camellias began to bud in December so there will gradually be more of them and they will all gradually grow into flowers that blossom sometime before March. aha!
An absolute delight to look forward to.

Since March (well before that too) I’ve been in hibernation.
As you know it’s been rather quiet at Purple Tempo.
I’ve been attending to personal family matters that frankly have required most of me.
I’m in the season of caring for elderly parents.
Fortunately, it is something that is shared with my siblings so my role ( after two years ) is now clearly defined and manageable.
It’s just that at times it is overwhelming emotionally.
My strong support team assist and guide me so I stay afloat.
Part of that team is my Bach Flower Essences. They are truly wonderful for bringing me back into balance.
And of course, my biggest support is my piano, my flute and my music.
When I play, especially piano, it aligns me emotionally and energetically and fills my heart.

Which season are you in as a Musician?

As a child, I recall experiencing the joy and wonder of exploring and improvising on the piano at age 10.
I spent many happy hours playing through whole albums of pop music in the long Christmas holidays.
I hadn’t been taught that – I simply explored what was there. Lots of sheet music for me to play.
There was so much to learn in playing through the albums cover to cover.
It was a big part of the spark to improvise. I took parts of the bass line (left hand) and made up the right hand.
Voila! I had a new song.
This is what artists do. They borrow parts of something good and build on it and make it their own. Not plagiarism, but pure Invention. And Reinvention.  And Reinvention.
In the Xmas holidays or any holiday, this is an ideal thing to do in the learning and exploring season of growth as a musician. Actually, it’s simply exploratory play and is good in any season!  (Reminder to self – this is a lot of fun).

What do you think the seasons of learning are for a Musician?

Now, in January 2021 I am ready to return to guiding growing musicians, in any season.
Piano lessons and flute lessons at Seaforth, Northern Beaches, Sydney ( or online) resume from Monday, February 8, 2021.
Email Pamela here