It deserves more than a round of applause, this next step, quietly slipped in: right hand melody on its own, left hand accompaniment on its own, the two together-- Mathilda nearly fell of her seat! Yes, she was being asked to try the piece hands together. She did the first bar, building it up slowly. We're there. Not a summit, but we've got over a crest and the top's visible along with the entire mountain range ahead.
For anyone not involved in Suzuki piano's programme it might seem strange that after two-and-a-half years we've just started what is a fundamental part of playing the instrument. But that's the way it goes. I think we've got some even more important fundamentals, about posture and producing a good sound, about performance, about listening most of all. It's been a struggle this week to hold Mathilda back from the next step until her teacher told her she was ready. Having a composition concert to work for helped: her piece "Cluck, cluck, hens on Wednesday, cluck, cluck, chickens on Wednesday, cluck, cluck" used both hands and the entire keyboard. But now we have the go ahead our half-term holidays will be spent learning how to put Cuckoo together, plus learning Allegretto II.
Mathilda was quietly pleased with herself when she wasn't giggling (the latter normally indicates excitement).