This account by Penelope Trunk describes what is is like to parent a child on a track for Juilliard. Her account is facinating, personal and feels authentic. Check it out… The first round of auditions for Juilliard’s pre-college program is by video. From December to March my son practiced for three hours a day to
During the early days of musical instrument practice, practice is about carving out time for practice and developing the discipline to practice. Incorporation of practice into the daily life of a family usually takes effort, not only by the student but by other members of the family. It is usually a struggle at first to add
Below are some strategies from my notes from a lecture by Ed Kreitman to help parents cultivate student ownership of their instrument study: Offer encouraging, focused feedback as well as general praise to encourage students to work with purpose. Recognize and praise effort. Make success possible. Begin practice with the easier material, question. Confident learners
Starting today, the 100 day practice challenge is on! Students able to practice 100 days in a row will be invited to an ice cream party and will receive 100 day practice t-shirts. The rules: Students must practice 100 days in a row. If a student misses a day, they go back to day one
For when it might be more fun to play cards than practice… Draw 6 cards at random. Put them up on the stand in the order they appear. Perform the cards in the order they appear. K: Twinkle Variation (Hearts Var A (mississipi hot dog / tuka-tuka-toot-toot), Clubs, Variation C (run pony run pony),
On behalf of MCMC, I am applying for grant to purchase instruments for the string program at MCMC through an organization called, Classics for Kids (http://www.classicsforkids.org/grants.html). The grant will cover half the purchase of instruments which the school can then lend out to students participating in private lessons at MCMC. A quarter size instrument through
Well of course he did. But here’s what he says about practice. “I was only seven when I attended the Conservatory and was much more interested in playing in the park, where my boy friends would be waiting for me, than in taking lessons on the violin. And yet some of the most lasting musical
Leopold Auer (1845-1930), a famous conservatory violin teacher was asked, “How long should the advanced pupil practice?” Here is his answer: “The right kind of practice is not a matter of hours. Practice should represent the utmost concentration of brain. It is better to play with concentration for two hours than to practice eight without.