Our goal as teachers of anything is to make our students independent of us. One way students need to develop ownership is in their ability to prepare pieces independently.
I am choosing to complete my graduate performance recital this semester, my second of four semesters at Ithaca. I will play a full Bach sonata and Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 1. Both are hefty pieces, and I need to have them ready by April 7th.
I thought I would use the opportunity while learning them to develop a piece learning process and to get it down on (the proverbial) paper.
Having a tried and tested process written down will help me to guide my advanced students to fool-proof preparation. When my advanced students begin work on a brand new piece, they can use this process. I can also look ahead to this process as intermediate students are developing, and have them take ownership of parts gradually.
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