Kyle started recorder lessons with Children's Music Workshop on October 16, 2007. These are group lessons held after school at Fairburn Elementary School on Tuesdays and ran to the end of the school year.
Kyle started piano lessons with Kanae Matsumoto at UCLA on Saturdays starting November 3, 2007. His last lesson with her was June 14, 2008, as we sadly had to stop because we were moving to Palo Alto. We have yet to find a new piano teacher in the Bay Area.
This page records a few of his accomplishments.
Kyle has come up with a few of his own songs.
Video of Kyle's first recital, at a joint recital for six of Kanae Matsumoto's students at Steinway Hall, Field's Piano in West Los Angeles, Sunday, April 6 at 6pm. Kyle plays "Winter Wind" and "Wind in the Bamboo Tree", both by William Gillock.
The following is a YouTube video of a few seconds of a Name That Tune Game at the Fairburn Recorder Class that features Kyle. This video is small.
On 11/18/07, Kyle tried playing the beginning of the Super Mario Brothers theme on his recorder, by ear. He then had the idea to write it down, so I gave him a piece of blank music paper and this is what he wrote. He figured out the rhythm (which is perhaps not quite right at the very end) by himself; my only help was to point out where bar lines should be and to make sure to fill out the last measure.
[All pieces below were recorded directly to MP3 with an Edirol R-09 portable digital recorder.]
Recorded at home, November 18, 2007. Kyle playing soprano recorder.
Recorded at Kyle's 4th piano lesson, November 24, 2007, in the accompanist office, Schoenberg Music Building, UCLA. Kyle played a Fazioli grand piano; for the duets Kanae Matsumoto accompanied on the same piano. The songs are from the Piano Adventures Primer Level.
Recorded at Kyle's 5th piano lesson, December 1, 2007. For "Ode To Joy" Kyle added the third phrase (not in the book) himself by ear and then memorized it. For this piece Kanae played on the adjacent Steinway piano using her own accompaniment.
Recorded at Kyle's 7th piano lesson, January 5, 2008. All duets.
Recorded at Kyle's 9th piano lesson, January 19, 2008. All duets.