09. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble, Teaching

I ask that question. I ask it a lot. One of the most distressing answers is actually, “Yes.” I sometimes tell a student, “Now I’m quite concerned!” If a student really has practiced, there should be some familiarity with the piece, don’t you think? Some lean in close, squinting, as if they can’t quite see the music and getting closer to the notes will help them play correctly. Some act as if some notes weren’t there when they “practiced.” Hmm. Somehow I’m guessing practice didn’t really happen.

Some reply, “I think so!” Now that is quite a puzzlement. I suggest to students that it’s a yes or no question, and I would think the student would know.

Other responses? “Maybe.” (Yep, really!) “Perhaps.” (The answer I gave to my kids when they wanted something and I really meant “Doubtful, but I’ll at least consider it for a minute or two!”)

And then there’s one I recently heard: “Once.” As I explained, playing something through once is not practice! The student who gave me that answer (and if you are reading this you know who you are!) is a very talented sight reader who could be an incredible player with practice!

Sometimes I get an honest student who admits no practice took place. I much prefer that, even though I’d certainly rather have students practice. Still, when they say they haven’t practiced at least I know what I’m up against!

prac·tice
Noun
The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use.
Verb
Perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.

09. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

“if you had a choice would you rather have a car or a new oboe?” mama why you do dis.

09. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Listening to some jazz oboe, drinking coffee, and doing my Spanish homework.