I hope that you're all having good Memorial Day remembrances & celebrations!
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday May 27th, there are no regularly scheduled private lessons (unless you have made separate arrangements with your private teacher, for example to begin your summer lessons this Tuesday. Students with Friday private lessons DO have their last private lesson scheduled for this Friday May 30th.)
However, even though there are no regular Tuesday private lessons this week, at 3:15-4:15 in the orchestra room, (our regular group class time and place), we will be holding a masterclass. Everyone is invited to come watch and learn from the masterclass, even if you are not playing in the masterclass!
What is a masterclass?
A masterclass is a series of mini "open" private lessons (usually between 10-20 minutes, depending on the age and experience of the student and the number of students playing during the masterclass hour). It is an opportunity for students who are playing in the masterclass to share something that they have been working on in their regular private lessons, and receive brief feedback and instruction, usually from a teacher who is not their regular private lesson teacher.
Most importantly, students get to watch the other students in the masterclass so that they can both support (applaud) their peers' performances and learn from the instruction that the other students receive. If a student is not playing in the masterclass, they are still able to come and watch, support their peers and get ideas from the masterclass teacher to try at home!
Who is playing in tomorrow's masterclass?
Any student who has missed a private lesson due to a St. Margaret's event (play rehearsals, etc.) is eligible to play in the masterclass. If this is not you, but you'd like to play for the masterclass, please let us know!
If I am playing in the masterclass, what should I play?
You should play something that you have been working on in your private lessons with your private lesson teacher. Choose something that you can perform all the way through from beginning to end. If you have not already spoken to your private teacher about playing something in the masterclass, please feel free to consult your teacher!
If I am not playing in the masterclass, should I still come?
Yes, a masterclass is designed to give you ideas and inspiration for practicing at home, even if you are watching and not playing! Often a student can learn more from watching a masterclass than from playing in a masterclass!
What should I do before/after my time to play in the masterclass, or if I am not playing in the masterclass?
Watch the other students, applaud and support their performances, and listen and watch what the teacher says to them, to find out if there is anything you can apply to your own practicing at home!
I know that a couple of you will not be able to attend tomorrow. If you cannot attend and haven't already told me, please let me know!
Any other questions, please get in touch with me by email, voicemail or text message (my cell phone number is 626-824-2836).
See (most of) you tomorrow!
“It is in our power to educate all the children of the world to become a little better as people, a little happier.”
― Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education