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Dec
4
2016

Drum with Ethan: Ethan’s Performance at Sunway Giza mall

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Today’s agenda is having Ethan perform at Sunway Giza for a musical concert. He performed two Grade 6 exam pieces in front of an audience. A week ago I suggested for Ethan to ditch the book and play by ear as I find it weird to see a drummer playing with a book in front of him. Today, he proves to me that he is able to do that – playing without his exam book  […]

Nov
19
2015

Drum Rehearsal

Ethan went to school late today as he attended a rehearsal earlier. He’ll be the opening act for a college’s talent competition this Friday (thanks to Piano Station for arranging it) and today is his first rehearsal.  Ethan in the music room while waiting for the hall to be ready. I like how the students padded the walls with egg cartons. I’ve always wanted to do this for Ethan’s drum room but never got about […]

Jun
7
2015

Exam woes during the school holidays

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With a blink of an eye we are already half way through the two weeks of the school holidays. Our holidays started great with the 4D/3N trip up to Genting but immediately after we got home it was busy, busy and busy for Ethan as he has his Grade 2 Trinity Piano exam on the 4th and Grade 4 Trinity Drum exam on the 10th June! So while other children are playing and enjoying their […]

Apr
15
2015

Ethan’s Drumming Journey

Drummer Ethan

Ethan first started learning drum in October 2012. He was 5 years old then. And by October 2013, his drum teacher featured him on the cover of his first book ‘Play With Colours’ Volume 1. Through the music school, Ethan got the chance to perform in public. Fast forward to 2015, Ethan is now waiting to sit for his Grade 4 exam somewhere in May or June. And this is one of the exam piece […]

Nov
9
2014

Green Day – Minority Drum Cover

We just got home from celebrating a friend’s early birthday and I am dead tired. Been sleeping really late the past few nights so tonight I think I’ll catch up on my sleep. That also means I won’t be able to write a long blog post. I realised that I’ve not posted videos of Ethan playing the drum or piano for quite some time now so here goes. This is Ethan drumming to the song […]

Sep
14
2014

Ethan’s First Talent Competition

Kids Got Talent Consolation

Ethan participated in his very first talent competition yesterday. It is called, “Kids Got Talent“. When we first found out about this competition, Ethan was excited to participate. But after reading further details, we found this clause – THIS TALENT COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL MALAYSIAN AGED BETWEEN 4 TO 18 YEARS OLD and we were like, “OK. 18 year olds are NOT kids!” and got hesitant from participating BUT Darling was very positive. He encouraged […]

Jul
18
2014

Crystal Piano

Crystal Piano

Have you ever seen a crystal piano for real? I haven’t until last Monday. We were in Piano Station where I saw, touched and took pictures of it! Lomence Crystal Grand Piano These modern crystal pianos look like they come out of fairy tales. It would be super awesome if there is one that is totally transparent but the price for that will definitely be sky high. The ones here are already hitting the roof! […]

Jun
30
2013

Talent Night

Piano Station Talent Night

The day Ethan has been waiting for – Piano Station Talent Night has finally arrived. On that very same day also we got the best news ever, Ethan’s drum teacher messaged me to inform that Ethan passed his Trinity Grade 2 Examination that he sat for earlier this month! I let Ethan read that message and he squealed in delight! He let out a loud sigh of relief and hugged me real tight! Of course […]

Jun
24
2013

Weekend Updates

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How was your weekend? Ours was a very hectic one. Besides having additional tuition classes for my students to prepare them for the upcoming UPSR trial which was supposed to start tomorrow (but now all school closed due to the haze, I’m not sure about the UPSR trial anymore though) we were also busy with Ethan’s public drum performances with other students from Piano Station, Sunway Giza for two consecutive nights.  After my tuition classes […]

Jun
17
2013

Talent Night Rehearsal

Sunway Mas Community Centre

June is a hectic month for Ethan. After 8 months since starting his drum lessons, he sat for his Trinity Grade 2 Drum Exam earlier this month and coming end of this month, he will be performing in the first ever Talent Night organised by his drum school, Piano Station.   They had a full dress rehearsal last Saturday at Sunway Mas Community Centre.  I was told it was a full-dressed rehearsal but I see […]

Dec
17
2012

First experience

Drum performance

Phew! Last weekend was a hectic one for us as Ethan had his very first public drum performance in Sunway Giza Mall for two consecutive days. He played only drum on Saturday but by Sunday, he’s confident enough to play the piano too. Ethan and the other 3 drummers 10, 10 and 11 years old. Here’s a video of Ethan playing one of the 5 drum pieces. And here’s him playing a simple piece on […]

Dec
8
2012

Ethan’s public drum presentation in Sunway Giza

Remember Ethan’s first drum lesson two months ago? I blogged about him and his handsome teacher here. This was his first drum practice at home after his lesson: A couple of days ago, Sunway Giza was looking for kids to perform on their Christmas decorated stage next week and Ethan’s drum teacher asked him if he would like to give it a try. Ethan agreed immediately as it has always been his dream of performing […]

Nov
11
2012

School Is Out!

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School is OUT and that means lesser jam on the road but heavier traffic in the shopping malls! >_< Actually his class is still on going until December before he gets a one week break but the rainy season made us trapped at home and he loves playing the piano and drum to pass his time.  Here he is playing “School Is Out” by Barbara Gallagher in the Hal Leonard Student Piano Solos Book 2.  […]

Nov
2
2012

You learn, I learn. You no learn, I won’t too..

It has been 6-7 months now since Ethan first learned how to play the piano. Throughout these period, I have been able to keep up with the lessons and guide him in the absence of his piano teacher. Then slowly, he starts to be better than me, reading piano notes more fluently while I still struggle trying to recognize those notes. However, together, Ethan and I made good progress. He always makes sure that I […]

Oct
12
2012

His first drum lesson

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We’ve finally enrolled Ethan for drum lessons. He has been learning beginner drum beats from YouTube but doesn’t know what to do with those beats so I had to get a drum teacher to assist him. He had his first lesson today and enjoyed every bit of it as finally after a week having the drum set at home, he can now drum to songs! The drum teacher taught Ethan to read drum notes. After […]

Oct
4
2012

Introducing DRUM

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This used to be his study room that he shares with my other students.  But we have cleared the wall and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Installed air-cond so we can sound-proof the room.  Bought a rug from IKEA. Ethan specifically chose that design. It looked kinda tribal to me but since this is going to be his room and he wants that, so, yeah, we got that.  And tah-dah… TODAY the delivery […]

Sep
5
2012

Drumming dilemma

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Some of you knows this story already lah. The story about Ethan getting rejected from a particular yang mahal music school *YAngMAHAl* It happened when we were shopping and since Ethan has been pestering us to let him try drumming, we brought him to that music school in the shopping mall to see what are the options. What happened after that was totally out of our expectation. The person at the reception took one glance […]

Aug
15
2012

Piano lesson update: Popeye the Sailor Man

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4 1/2 months into his piano lessons, he is now Popeye the Sailor Man! :P Hehe.. my little Popeye :P His new set of books now are Hal Leonard Piano Lessons Book 2, Hal Leonard Piano Solos Book 2 and Hal Leonard Popular Piano Solos Level 2. 

Jun
25
2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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Two months plus into his piano lessons, Ethan has completed the Hal Leonard’s Piano Lessons (Bk 1) and Piano Solos (Bk 1). Piano Solos and Piano Lessons Book 1 done. He’s awarded with the above certificate ^_^ He wrote his own name while his teacher signed her name :D The cert means so much to him! Haha.. kids.. they all need some kind of motivation and encouragement, don’t they? He’s also 3/4 through this My […]

Jun
6
2012

Singing and Playing the Piano

After two months of piano lessons, Ethan now loves to sing and play the piano at the same time. I can so gladly trade all the shouting at home with the piano sound (and his singing too). It’s so much easier to keep him occupied these days. He’ll either be playing with his vehicle set, building blocks or the piano. That only means I have more time to BLOG :P Nah.. he’ll force me to […]

Apr
19
2012

Music Staff

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Yes I know, another piano lesson post. Bare with me as I’m keeping his milestone as remembrance and for future reference :D Since Ethan started piano lessons 28th of last month, he has been playing the piano first thing when he wakes up in the morning, in the afternoons when he gets home from BaoBei, in the evenings after playground and at nights before he goes to bed. He loves it that much. He has […]

Apr
13
2012

My Personal Bali Spa

… piano player. Yes, since Ethan started his piano lessons 2 weeks ago, I now have my very own bali spa pianist :D This is the book he used for his lessons – Hal Leonard Piano Lesson Book 1 (RM22.90) And this is the book he uses to complement his lessons – Hal Leonard Piano Solos Book 1 (RM31.50) Now, let’s take a listen to him playing some soothing Bali spa music ^_^ Here’s Ethan […]

Mar
27
2012

Drum vs Piano

Ethan playing the drum

Late last year, Ethan requested for drum lessons. I don’t know where he got the idea from but I guess it must be after we watched Justin Bieber playing the drum when he was like what… 4? Talking about Justin Bieber, have you listen to his latest single, Boyfriend? I haven’t but my niece is nuts about him. Can’t blame her though, after all, her name is Hazel. She was BORN a NUT! :P Ok, […]

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