Although it’s disappointing failing an exam is not the end of the world and we can greatly benefit from the experience. The constructive criticism and feedback can be so beneficial and provides a great foundation to build from. So shake your feathers, dust yourself down and make the experience a positive boost to your music. It’s all part of life!
After what seems like a very long year of teaching piano, flute and music theory, the start of the summer break doesn’t mean a long break with nothing to do. Nevertheless, it’s good to step out of the music room and take a moment to “chill ma beans” - or at least chill with my beans. I love this time of being more ‘off-timetable’ and I use it to gather my thoughts, plan for the future and have a bit more time to play music myself. In my book ‘Letters from The Broom Cupboard’ I talk about ‘the lesser spotted music tutor’ who steps blinkingly into the sunshine. Thank you for sharing the moment with me. I look forward to showing you my plans as they unfold!
Thinking about the composer and the world they lived in can give us a deeper understanding in our musical performance. Social history is fascinating. Art, literature, and music can give us a deeper and wider perspective on the music that we love and play.
The piano is a great instrument - probably my favourite instrument. When playing piano you can be your own one-man band. You can play melody and harmony, as far as your dexterity allows - it’s like having an orchestra at your fingertips. However, herein lies part of the problem - you are playing on your own. You just can’t beat music-making together. The sense of performing as part of a group, or duet, is unbeatable. It’s kind of addictive! If you get the chance, seek out the opportunity to play piano duets, even if it’s just with your teacher. Playing music with friends is simply the best!