I was perusing a discussion on one of the social media groups I belong to and was struck by a comment on resilience. The discussion concerned judges and whether certain types of comments are appropriate. One person was adamant that students needed to develop enough resilience not to be devastated by comments—even those that might . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Resilience
Last Saturday, I had the privilege of adjudicating for a piano competition about a 90 minute drive from here. The format was pretty much what you would expect: four divisions from elementary to advanced repertoire and 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes. The competition was open format with the pianists sitting together with the audience. But . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Competition With A Twist
The judge’s comment sheet read: “I’m sorry but the left pedal is not used for color. Good try anyway.” I read it again. It still said the same thing. What do you do when a judge is really far off base? Michael Gurt was short and to the point years ago when a teacher asked . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Say Whaaat???
A gonga post by John Terrauds of Musical Toronto made me sit up and take notice last week. In it, he wrote about his experiences taking on a group of students for a teacher on leave. Working with these students caused him to reflect on lessons as toil, duty, and obligation through rigid adherence to . . . → Read More: Duty or Joy?
In the beginning of the school year when I was nine, all eighty or so of us in the 4th grade were shepherded into the cafeteria of our Northern California school for three hours of musical evaluation (well OK, maybe it just seemed like 3 hours to a nine year old). Our well meaning teachers . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Then And Now
“Wow !” I said, “You are like a different pianist!” And she was. Before, there had been surges and awkward accents in the opening to her Intermezzo, impossible to remove despite hard work on both of our parts. Now, after one week on meds for ADHD, there was a beautiful calm flow and elegance about . . . → Read More: What’s On The Inside
The tweet said, “Make time for non-commissioned work.” I thought, Non-commissioned??? Have I ever even been given a commission???
This week, thanks to a post by Richard Byrne of Free Tech for Teachers, I heard a portion of Daniel Pink’s presentation at the Creativity World Forum. In it, he referenced a study by Teresa Amabile . . . → Read More: Becoming a Non-Commissioned Piano Teacher