HeliStudio, een muzikalerevolutie in de Spillemansstraat!
Wie de geschiedenis van de Baltische staten een beetje kent, heeft vast al wel eens van de Zingende Revolutie gehoord. Voor Estland, Letland en Litouwen is dit een voorbeeld hoe muziek kracht en moed aan mensen kan geven.
Heli Jakobson en Triin Tamm hebben deze bijzondere jaren beleefd als jonge kinderen en hebben hierdoor geleerd hoe muziek je kan helpen om je eigen weg te vinden in het leven
What does music mean and why should we learn an instrument? After long years teaching piano i can finally bring it down to one word: confidence! Self confidence: through music we find the way back to ourselves. Doing things our own way wholeheartedly. I notice that through music we somehow ‘rise and shine’ with certain ease, in the world outside it might still be a different story… that’s why i often say: playing piano is kind of like speaking with your fingers! After this sentence every student sounds different already.
Long ideas cut short: here’s my kiddo introducing his drumset to his friend earlier today. What i love the most is the spark in his eyes when he tells his friend: “so this is how you do it!”
His proud look and genuine smile in the end is what music is all about: confidence!
And what is confidence? Both mom and teacher in me conclude the same: it’s the feeling ‘i’m happy to be me’!
Camille @camilleronsse knows how to create order and make it all look effortlessly beautiful. Thanks to her talent in organising Helistudio is getting ready for a new school year with much better order in my library.
I can already feel the fresh vibes of a new schoolyear ! 👋
Thomas started his first year in Helistudio 2 months ago. Here’s his own little melody with first notes - groovy stuff! 🎶👌suits very well to start a new piano day with good vibes after seriously exciting football match between 🇧🇪 & 🇵🇹! 😉
De Notenspotters are the youngest music lovers in Helistudio @helistudio_be. This school year along with covid-restrictions the youngest kids have been the lucky ones being able to enjoy the most spotlight through their video concerts.
Yesterday was our 3rd recording with back up from Gerrit @gerritmuylaert on guitar and to cool off from all this hard work Velo Gelato @velogelato came to Helistudio doorstep with the best ice cream there is!
Wonne @wonnevanhoutte will play important audition next week - he gave beautiful example what can happen when a young child stays curious about music - they do grow up with broader look at the world always accompanied by music. Far away in Estonia one of my first piano students graduated from Estonian Music Academy this week. Merilyn is good on the way becoming a new voice in the world of female composers.
All this starts with being young and curious Notenspotter first…
Being a music teacher feels like i’m constantly working in a garden - the seasons stay the same, but the outcome and colours are always different.
Still under the spell of Fallen Angel @tixmusic . Norwegian singer Andreas Haukeland / Tix is very important voice for the youth. As music teacher and mom too, i believe you can never find your own superhero too soon. We all need to discover the invisible superpowers within ourselves. Here’s a small glimpse of Superhero song by De Notenspotters @helistudio_be inspired by @tixmusic . It’s still a work in progress, just sharing 53 seconds of good vibes from my classroom!
The cameraman filming this song is 8y - in Helistudio kids rule the world! 😉
Elke has started @helistudio_be just few weeks ago. She made a switch from ‘simply piano app’ to a ‘simply live’ piano teacher 🙂
Our lesson today was one big laughter - we discovered some funny hacks how to find space, place and peace in using the pedal. And the oldest truth: festina lente! Hurry slowly - very true also in learning the piano.
Beautiful extra is that sooner or later people in Helistudio end up wearing blue-black & white color combination. I’m not trying to ‘estonianize’ my students, but blue is simply the most perfect color to wear behind a black piano, don’t you think? 😉
Who dares to say that playing piano is easy? It’s not! Before it becomes fun, we have to put in serious amount of concentration, dedication, patience and the most important ingredient: whatever crazy sounds happen when you’re working on a new piece, stay positive and believe in yourself!
Piano lesson is the best place to realise that mistakes are always part of the road to something beautiful!
Here’s Miss Mia @mia.et.moi these days her middle name is Mozardina 🙂 I just love the energy how she conquers this piece and goes on when things feel tricky. It’s a work in progress filled with lots of joy! 💫
My Estonian Inspiration Calendar tells me something interesting today:
All troubles people have come from the fact that they aren’t able to sit alone in silence in their room.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Hmmm... the piano teacher in me objects! I notice that people who play piano don’t have any problem to be alone and enjoy the silence. They do it regularly and fill the silence with music 😉
Have a great day! 👋
Piano lessons with children - on one side ‘easy peazy’ and on the other side challenging. Children sincerely like to discover the piano, but they don’t know yet why they really like it... so there’s some motivation to work with, but a lot of it is my work to keep this little flame going. Piano seems and feels fun during first 3 lessons or so and then things get serious. Only practice makes progress every single day.
La Pianista Lou here has come through this tunnel of learning the basics of notes. I see her smile more and more and now she’s the one who takes the lead and asks: can we play it once more?
A happy day. Lots of gratitude. Warm feeling of sisterhood because of the piano and life in general. There are only Super Women in my piano class and sometimes they lift me up in most unexpected ways. I may know a lot about the piano, but i didn’t know that the one thing i still missed in my life was a huge box of choconuts! @sarah_horsten 🙏 ❤️
Weergoden waren niet mee met onze plannen van Kunstroute te houden vandaag @de.kunstfabriek, maar het was wel perfecte moment voor Singing In The Rain! Always unstoppable and positive - zo zijn mijn collega’s @alexandra.franck en @suzukischoolmechelen.
After 7 months of silence we had a chance to play for live audience again. The weather didn’t matter - the idea that we could share live music with an audience was far above anything else this time. Corona virus has brought so much stillness and distance between us, but music is always a meeting point.
This was Pianomarathon’21 - seeing and hearing each other again note by note. More thoughtful than ever before.
Thank you for the music. I’m always so moved how every student owns their moment on stage.