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Cleveland Institute Of Music: Clayton's First Exam


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Eric,

I remember one day when Ken Sharp and I were at your house and Ken asked about how you played the last few chords on "Starting Over." You went over to the piano, sat down and played it. Just as you finished, Clayton—who was just a toddler at the time—stuck a finger up onto your piano's keyboard and struck a note that was in the same key as the song. You looked at us and remarked, "Hey! He's a natural!"

I guess you were right!

:lol:

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wow eric,came late on this post..congrats to both of you(and momof course!!)..it's a great feeling when you're a parent and feel that burst of pride when a child does well.hard to describe!!! did dad help anytime in the learning process? or did you leave it in the teachers hands?..lol,chris

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You know, learning an instrument and music appreciation is so (pardon the pun) under appreciated. Various studies show that music is instrumental (pardon the LAME pun) for developing mathematic skills. Why Music, P.E. and Art get sliced by school budgets drives me crazy :angry::D:angry:

John

BTW...does Clayton throw lefthanded or righthanded (the Mets could use some pitching prospects). ;)

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Eric Carmen said:

I would never put any pressure on him. I just think it's wonderful to be able to play an instrument. Actually, he's learning to play the clarinet at school, as well ( and doing pretty darn well at that, too).

Eric,

My oldest daughter plays the clarinet at school and plays very well. She was in band this year and they had 2 concerts. I'm glad she wasn't blessed with my "musical abilities" wink or lack therof. She's planning on being in band next year(7th grade)

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My oldest son started out at 9 on the violin and moved on to clarinet(my old one). Next came trombone and baritone through high school and in the community band after he graduated. He wound up being in the top 5 baritone players in the state. And finally guitar and his own band-he can play by ear and write music. Sadly he gave it all up for his job, wife and the baby on the way. But now he wants to get a teaching degree and teach political science. He'll do great, but he has a real gift and probably will never use it.

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He had to perform for the three top piano teachers at CIM. His teacher was one of them. He scored a 95 "across the board."

He was nervous in the same way I'm "nervous" before a performance. He's really good under pressure ( the sign of a great performer). Pressure makes him better.

ec

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Congrats to Clayton and the Carmen Crew.

Eric...does he sing? Maybe you could get him his own Disney show (like Miley Cyrus). Your library of songs is just waiting to be discovered by a new generation. I can see it now...Disney's newest show, "The Adventures of Clayton Cleveland"...or "The Adventures of Clayton in Cleveland"...

I'm just kidding...glad you don't push...support is great but there's not much worse than a parent that pushes their kid into stuff that he or she doesn't want to do.

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Firstly may I add my congratulations to Clayton.

And I have a question for Eric. I was wondering if in the learning of other instruments, musicians get a wider appreciation of a particular piece of music. It seems to me (as a non-musician) that the way one would approach a piece of music as a pianist would be different to playing the clarinet. As one who has enjoyed Jazz over the years I have noticed how different instruments interpret a piece of music.

Muzza :cool:

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