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October 22, 2009by emilylowe0

Last night I was teaching a piano student - Erica - I have had for nearly ten years. She came in really excited to show me a new piece of music that she wanted to play.

Piano Student is Inspired to Play Classical Music Through a Movie!
Piano Student is Inspired to Play Classical Music Through a Movie!
Classical Music in Movies is Inspiring Students Today!

Last night I was teaching a piano student – Erica – I have had for nearly ten years.  She came in really excited to show me a new piece of music that she wanted to play.  Erica had found this piece of music in a movie called “The Notebook”.  Knowing Erica, I had assumed it was modern music that was written for the soundtrack.  But much to my surprise, she pulled out the music she had already downloaded and I saw Chopin… (pronounced SHOW-PAN). 

Well, I was thrilled as she started to play Chopin Prelude in E minor, Op. 28, No. 4!  The Chopin Preludes are some of my favorite piano pieces for late intermediate to early advanced students, so I gave her a brief overview of the different preludes available.  Erica decided she liked not only the one she had picked out, but also several others.  She is going to start with the one she found, then may play a few more! Here is the Prelude she liked from the movie:

I love it when our current media supports classical music.    I have heard other excerpts of classical music in everything from the movies to even mixing old classical pieces to techno music and i applaud their efforts!!  The way that music is put together today (standard verse/chorus/bridge) very much descends from a long line of different forms and styles of classical music, from medieval times through our modern day.  When I teach my piano students how to improvise, I use the foundation of these scales, chords and arpeggios to really get them going.  They see an actual PURPOSE behind the classical music and the traditional style of learning. 

So a big THANK YOU to the musical director of  “The Notebook” for including this Chopin Prelude in the movie – you inspired one student to love classical music more!

AND, as if on cue, I received an email today from Chih-Long Hu, an assistant Professor of Piano at East Tennessee State University announcing a Chopin piano concert which will showcase the 24 Preludes this Friday night.  All are welcome!

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