The boy who learnt to play on a paper piano

At the age of 11, Andrew Garrido drew himself a paper keyboard because his mother couldn’t afford a real piano. Amazingly, his paper piano got him through his first five grades – with distinction. Now, an award-winning performer and musician, Andrew is living proof that talent, ingenuity and determination can overcome impossible odds.

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  1. From memory, draw a diagram of your favourite instrument – it can include the voice. Then look up a real diagram of it, and adapt and label your own picture so that it is accurate.
  2. In pairs, research a list of modern songs you know that sample classical music, or have been influenced by it. Then, as class, vote for your top 10.