Mini Mozarts in Training


Mei Dotzler, Reporter

Despite the turbulent trials and errors of last semester, piano class is still up and running, and Ms. Barnes is watching first hand as this decade’s composers are born.

Trying to figure out how to navigate such an interactive class online, Ms. Barnes, Sahauro’s piano and choir teacher, first started her students with note theory packets to practice reading music, the difficulty varying based on the level of each class. Having worked on the basics for a few weeks, it was time to apply that new knowledge onto the keys.

Nousha Aldhefery, an intermediate student, says, “If you lacked any resources like a piano or music book, Ms. Barnes would provide you with one from school that you can take home and just return at the end of the year. She practices with you during class and tells you what day you should be on a certain page.”

After an appropriate amount of time, the students must participate in a recital. Propping up the computer camera to get a clear view of your body and keys, Ms. Barnes observes your performance and offers constructive criticism. “We’ve only had one recital so far this new year, to which our teacher looks at our form, posture, and the way we play, determining whether you’ve actually been practicing or just blowing it off,” Nousha tells us. “I love this class. I’ve been in it for two years, and it’s given me the opportunity to learn piano, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Beginning pianist, Sierra Ayers says, “It can definitely be hard to find time to practice every day since no one is there to force you, but I usually do it in between homework breaks. It’s a really nice way to cool down from normal school subjects and it helps me be more productive. I really like this class, it’s super fun.”

Being that each class is only about 15 students, it’s much easier to develop more intimate relationships with your classmates and get the help that you need. Overall, piano class is a chill, laid back environment and an easy way to release stress. Who knows, maybe you’ll get in touch with your inner Beethoven.