We arranged for a keyboard from the Mission, which arrived two weeks after our coming to Bocaiúva. Everyone was excited to finally have a "piano" for their hymns, plus a person who could play it (Sis. Thomas). We offered lessons and started teaching. At first, there were several kids intereste--or rather, intrigued; but no adults were able to come. After a few first lessons, then lots of no-shows and waiting for long periods of time at the church, it became apparent that they weren't ready for committed attendance to lessons or practice. After we realized that the kids had hoped to learn how to play the Casio in a lesson or two (like it was a new video game), and lost interest. After we were transferred to Campo Largo, where the youth and young adults had been well prepared and were motivated to learn, I LEARNED another reason why piano lessons were not successful in Bocaiúva: Brazil uses the "Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si" system, not North America's "A-B-C-D-E-F-G" system! . . . .
. . . So, the next few days after this realization, I had to teach it to myself, learn a whole new music system and vocabulary, and change teaching methods to match their system. My students were MUCH more receptive, motivated and successful!
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