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busyspinning Tue 15-Jan-19 11:13:40

Bostick - the warhammer comment made me smile - sounds like our house smile

busyspinning Tue 15-Jan-19 11:12:35

Thank you for the new thread !! I’ve name changed but have been around for a while !! smile
I have 2 dc ds who plays trumpet and piano and dd who sings and plays piano and cornet . Lots of changes ( and stress) last term but lots to look forward to this term with brass band, NCO plus the usual busy schedule of concerts and shows at the end of term . Oh and a grade 8 ( not sure that I’m looking forward to that one - but all is good I think )

bostik Mon 14-Jan-19 22:06:24

Hi Everyone, I love this thread and I'll try to keep up this time but I'm hopeless really! I have two DC. One is not musical - his primary love is Warhammer - but DD (10) plays violin, piano, sings and is currently struggling with THEORY. Hoping to take the exam in the summer...
Thank you cru and waffle for these threads.

LooseAtTheSeams Mon 14-Jan-19 21:44:28

Thanks for new the thread CruCru and to Waffle as always!
I have DS1 (17) who plays bass guitar, guitar and drums. He is busy with music at school but A levels are taking up a lot of his time! DS2 (13) plays cello, piano and guitar. Piano grade 5 looms this term, theory in summer and grade 7 cello once he has the theory. So it's up to him!
My news is that I have decided not to take the grade 5 piano exam. The thought of doing it was too stressful and killing my enjoyment of piano, However, I am going to be working on some great pieces so will keep you posted!

NeleusTheStatue Mon 14-Jan-19 21:30:48

Thanks for starting the new thread, CruCru.

I have a mini-violinist who is currently teacher-less. We can't even look for a new teacher. Trying to see the bright side of it but it doesn't seem to be promising. I feel some ups and downs are approaching!!


horseymum Mon 14-Jan-19 19:18:43

I hope we don't have to look for a new teacher after the summer, the oboe teacher is actually a professional bassoonist and says she will need an oboe specific teacher by then . ( She is about grade 5/6 just now but not done any exams). I'm hoping he will agree to continue as we both like how he teaches. Maybe he will forget he said it!

Wafflenose Mon 14-Jan-19 17:32:11

I am still reading, but busy with other stuff at the moment. Anyway, I have Goo (13) flute and piano, and Rara (10) clarinet and cello. Both are lapsed recorder players. We have Grade 5 clarinet coming up this term for Rara, and a few classes in the local festival. Goo doesn't want to know! We might have some Grade 4s happening this year too (possibly cello, recorder and piano - Goo was playing Chopin, Solfeggietto etc and highly motivated with the old teacher, and the new one has her plodding through ABRSM Grade 4 stuff very unmotivated-ly) but then again, maybe not! Both girls do NCO and SWMS, but Goo is leaving SWMS next term. We're looking for new flute and piano teachers for September, when she will be in Year 9.

horseymum Mon 14-Jan-19 16:04:15

Thanks for new thread, I might try to keep up this year! I have Ds1 who plays piano, dd2 oboe, recorders and piano, and dd3, piano and recorder and ukulele! She is also desperately waiting to start bassoon! Lessons are only just getting going again, and oboe has had rather a long break, but DD quite self motivated so not so bad. She is definitely missing her teacher though. The run up to Christmas was busy but I think this term will just have one music festival class and that's it so far. I suspect the summer term might be busier. I also run a school recorder group and play in an orchestra. Love this thread, about the only area of MN that I bother with.

minisnowballs Mon 14-Jan-19 16:03:55

Thanks crucru for starting this.

I love these threads - they answer lots of my stupid questions.

I have DD1, 11, who plays violin and piano, to nothing like the standards of many of the children on this thread. She is preparing for her Grade 4 violin. However, she's really getting into music and is now in a local chamber orchestra, folk group and the school orchestra too. I'm proud of her, as it's not been a particularly easy journey so far and she has stuck with it. She's currently trying to learn 'the shaky hand thing' that everyone else does in her chamber orchestra - and will be so proud of herself when she gets it.

DD2, 9, plays flute and cello - just passed her grade 3 flute and takes grade 2 cello this term. She plays in a string ensemble at school and learns flute with CYM in London. That's been a learning curve for us all - and I feel a bit hopeless among all of the musician parents. Dd takes it all in her stride though and seems to really enjoy the whole thing. It's certainly a huge step up from school lessons.

I am grateful for all the help with my questions about practising, notation (I'm a ropey pianist with no theory knowledge) and many other musical things. Without you guys, I often have to resort to YouTube - as I did over Christmas when dd2 was given all three G2 cello pieces to learn in 2 weeks!

CruCru Mon 14-Jan-19 15:00:08

Well I had a piano lesson today and my teacher was pleased with my progress. So that’s something - I’ve moved onto a new book.

It’s a bit awkward because I recommended him to another mum at school who was looking for someone. They had an extremely friendly exchange of messages, her child was due to have his first lesson and then the mum completely vanished. I don’t think it is anything I need to get involved in (and, although she seems nice, I don’t actually know her all that well).

catkind Mon 14-Jan-19 13:47:15

Yay, thanks crucru! And of course to waffle for starting such a lovely supportive space.

I have DD (6), violin and piano - currently preferring piano. She's enjoying playing in a little string orchestra though so hopefully that'll be enough to keep violin interest going. And DS who is 9 playing piano and horn. Currently having a good phase for practising and letting me help a bit, which probably means we're due a tantrum soon... And I'm an enthusiastic amateur string player, so am more help to DD than DS.

Mendingfences Mon 14-Jan-19 09:51:31

Here here to waffle and to you cru for admitting its actually january.....

CruCru Mon 14-Jan-19 09:46:20

Hi all

Here is the new music thread for January - I hope no one minds me starting it.

I am mum to a son (7) who is learning the piano and trumpet and a daughter (5) who is learning the piano and violin. I am having piano lessons and played the trumpet as a child.

Some of the people on these threads (and their children) are fantastic musicians. Some are more like me. All are welcome.

Thank you to Wafflenose for all the time she has spent managing these threads.

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