Concert Going

We enjoyed an evening out with the eldest two girls last night, attending a 5 Browns concert.  It was a late night for the girls (ending at nearly 10pm), but it was fun.

Five Julliard-trained siblings, all in their 20’s, the Browns perform on 5 Grand pianos simultaneously.

While it is definitely classical music–and not the modern dissonant stuff–these five youths give it their own style. Their playing is expressive and animated–Fascinatingly, or distractingly so–depending on the perspective of each individual in the audience. One piece performed last night by Gregory Brown, is likely to place piano playing in the “extreme sport” category.

My girls were fascinated to learn (during a question and answer session following intermission) that all five of the young people began piano at age three, beginning with the Suzuki method–just like them! (Although we aren’t aspiring to raise concert pianists, just children who enjoy music and can derive pleasure from playing piano.)

Five siblings within seven years, homeschooled, started Suzuki Piano at age three…  A group to whom my girls can relate.

 

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4 thoughts on “Concert Going

  1. We have a CD and DVD of the 5 Browns… we love it b/c our last name is Brown and we have 5 homeschooled children (so far), but we have 2 girls and 3 boys!

  2. Hi Dell. That sounds an amazing spectacle!

    With Suzuki, does the mummy have to be musical? I cannot play a thing, but we hope to start our son on piano at about 3 1/2. Do you recommend suzuki method?

    Love, Lucy x

  3. Thanks for the 5Browns info. From their website I see that I just missed them! : ( They were in Ohio earlier in September. My 15yo dd would have enjoyed seeing them. Oh well, maybe next time, or we’ll order a DVD or CD.

    Just FYI, but my dd started piano in 1st grade (at age 6). She now teaches 5 llttle girls piano lessons. Good advice I’ve received is to wait to start piano lessons until the child is a strong reader, usually 1st or 2nd grade. I’ve seen that work well in my daughter’s students. Her youngest student at age 4 is still learning her alphabet and so adding piano is a bit too much. She usually plays music and rythm games for her “piano” lesson. (This is fine with the mother). In general I think music games and rythm are fine for preschoolers, but piano and reading music should wait until they are a little older, in general. JMHO,
    Carol

  4. Clearly these parents were wise to choose the curriculum AND the age they chose for their children. The results in their lives are supurb.

    I think you’ve chosen an excellent route for your family. While I’m personally not a fan of Suzuki, my experience is with Violin and starting at age six instead of 3. Perhaps it would have been a better choice for me had I started it younger.

    However, five children starting with Suzuki at age 3 and all becoming concert pianists… clearly these parents made a wise decision. They certainly didn’t know things would go this direction for ALL of their children and who knows… perhaps you will have concert pianists after all!

    Thankfully, we live in a country where we can try things earlier, later, or ‘right on time’ based upon our preferences and situation in life.

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