How to Recover from a Bad Performance

“Good recovery,” someone said to me after the recital was over. I already knew I hadn’t played my best. The mistakes piled on, and each one made me play worse, like a domino effect. To have someone else acknowledge it as well didn’t help. Others gave me the generic “good job”, but that also deepenedContinue reading “How to Recover from a Bad Performance”

5 ways to get a student to stick with music

Which is worse? “I used to play the flute and then I quit in sixth grade. I’ve always regretted it.” or “I was forced to play the flute all throughout my childhood, and I hated it. I’ve never recovered from the psychological damage that ensued from being forced to do something I didn’t enjoy andContinue reading “5 ways to get a student to stick with music”

How much should you mark up your sheet music?

Writing on something that is already published is controversial. Remember back in English class when you were asked to *annotate* in the book? This is not too far off. Some teachers feel that a well-marked piece of music shows how well the student learned it. However, beware of the downfalls of this popular belief. HereContinue reading “How much should you mark up your sheet music?”

How You Learn

In a flute lesson with a student recently, we were working on a section of music that involved a lot of long notes tied together. At a fast tempo, it was challenging to count and stay on track simultaneously. So, we tried it a few different ways. First, she counted out loud while I playedContinue reading “How You Learn”

How I Teach

Assessing Individuals As a private teacher, I enjoy being able to approach each student as an individual. Some want to win competitions while others want to focus on learning songs they know. Balancing fun with growth, technique with musicality, and achievement with confidence are my ways to success as a teacher. I can assess eachContinue reading “How I Teach”