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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-19-2014, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I have a child who has played the clarinet in the school band for the past 2.5 years. Tonight she sat down at a piano and started playing Christmas songs. She had no sheet music, just was playing from memory. Is this a common thing to do? I know absolutely nothing about music. The last time I saw her touch a piano was when she was a toddler and just banged on the keys.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2014, 12:05 AM
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I was just going to ask that myself! I came home tonight to MowMow playing 'The Nutcracker' with a pair of spoons! Neelix was accompanying on the pots and pans!
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Why not ask your child? Perhaps she has played with a keyboard at school or even at a friend's house? As a child, I used to play simple tunes by sound and memory, but if she was playing more difficult songs, it's more likely she did some kind of practice without your notice.
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Some people just have that gift. My son, who is also in the school band, can play songs by ear. He's also taught himself how to play "Minuet" on the piano. He also has composed songs as well. This is a video I took of him playing one of his compositions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_MXYmbv9yU
He's sixteen years old and has never had a piano lesson.

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Yeah, already talked to her. I know she doesn't have access to a piano anywhere else. She was playing songs from her winter band concert. She simply said that the notes are the same. Like I said, I don't know anything about music. I was just surprised that she was able to take what she knew from clarinet and apply it to the piano.
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I think if you can read music, it's certainly easier to play a piano than say, a violin! But she may also be blessed and have a certain knack for it a well. It's always encouraging when you see teens do something great on their own!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-20-2014, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Wow Renee, that is impressive. My daughter's Girl Scout leader (we had just finished a meeting when she started playing the piano) asked her if she was playing by ear. Her response was, "Huh?" She has mild ASD and is very literal. I had to explain the expression to her. I don't think she was playing by ear, I think she was playing by memory. I want to encourage this if it is something she wants to do.
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Thank you. My son has what's known as selective mutism. At home, he will talk my ear off, but at school...silence. And he's been like this since he was in the 3rd grade, so roughly about 7-8 years. I mean, he's beyond shy. At first, he wouldn't even acknowledge if someone spoke to him. Now, he at least nods if he's spoken to. And he is interacting more with the kids in band. He still may not talk to them, but he won't isolate himself, either. He will hang out with the drumline in class (he plays 1st snare) and will laugh when the kids make jokes. His band director has told me that in the three years he's had Christopher in his class, he can see a big difference in him and he can tell that Chris is on the verge of talking. He can also see that Chris is an awesome musician and can see him going far with it.

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Sundown, I think you might just have a child prodigy on your hands! Common?, of course not! Wonderful?, absolutely!!! I hope her parents nurture this gift.

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WOW!

Has she had a lot of formal music training, or learned more on her own? Does she have a keyboard?
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