by Dr. Julie Knerr

I have had two students recently learn Stormy Seas, from Repertoire Book 2. (Student in the video is not one of the two.)

One student, who has Aspergers and perfect pitch, left the bench during his lesson without explanation, walked over to his mom, and whispered, “Mom. I LOVE Stormy Seas!”

My other student also loves it and is very excited about reaching the end of Repertoire Book 2!! I was so proud of her, as we have been working on the character trait of “diligence” all year (Hard Work Pays Off!). In the past she would try something and say, “It’s too hard” and give up, or put in minimal effort. Although the coordination in line two is difficult, she worked and worked on it in her lesson until she mastered it. I am so happy to see her taking initiative to be diligent in her work.

The students really enjoy filling out the chart at the end of the piece to show the form.

Stormy Seas Chart

Another way to review this piece is to download the Stormy Seas Cards. You can cut them out and have the students put them in order to show the form and dynamics of the piece. They are available for download here:

Stormy Seas Cards

Here is the Reminder Video: