I often ask young students to choose a few moods from our "mood list" that might describe the music they hear. One of my students heard many, many moods in this simple piece from "Tales of a Musical Journey": easy going, royal, exciting, cheerful, fluffy, teeny, silly, light, funny, happy!
Music has so much depth, it can often express what words cannot. Sometimes you need many words to get close :-)
One of my favorite projects from the last year. I created a homemade velcro staff to help young students explore the grand staff in many different ways. Here's an example of how we used colored dots to differentiate the staves, as well as lines and spaces.
Thoughts on Piano Teaching
Lauren Sonder is a piano teacher in Norman, OK.
She believes in providing a well rounded musical education that emphasizes training the ear, learning music in a variety of styles, and being creatively engaged at the piano.