Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry

I had a really lovely time at a workshop on ‘Found’ Poetry this December. The workshop was conducted by Ankita Shah, co-founder of The Poetry Club, at G5A, Mumbai. We worked on two different kinds of found poetry – Blackout Poetry¬†and Cento Poetry. It was a lot of fun! Interesting to see how different theContinue reading “Learning to write ‘Found’ Poetry”

Can we stop and just listen?

Can we stop and just listen to what they say? ‘Cos the wheel will keep turning until every dog has it’s day. Can we withhold judgement even when we don’t agree? Even when their ideas make us want to shout and scream? Because foolish or brilliant, we all have a role, And the fool mightContinue reading “Can we stop and just listen?”

Make hay when the sun shines bright

We must make hay when the sun shines bright, Let our dreams change hue in the silver of the night. We must take a turn when the path is blocked, And explore the lanes we usually do not. For the path that’s familiar might lead us away, From roads we must travel to help usContinue reading “Make hay when the sun shines bright”

Because I know that success will follow

Dear Student, I’m asking you to make an effort. I’m not asking you to succeed, but to just go through the motions to start with. Because I know that success will follow. Because I know, that someday you’ll move on and be independent in learning music. I’m asking you to try, knowing you might struggleContinue reading “Because I know that success will follow”

Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class

I write this based on my experiences as a piano teacher years ago, and success working with piano students and families that were over-scheduled. This is a child who never has a week-day at home after school. Who doesn’t get enough age appropriate unstructured play time that is necessary for growth and development. And whoContinue reading “Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class”