Words of Wisdom

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.”

–Mary Poppins

P.S.: I recently made a short video discussing the quote from last time: “A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity.” —Robert Schumann.” Click here to watch it, and please let me know if you’d like me to consider making more of this kind of video!

3 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom”

  1. Enjoyed your short, but interesting, comments here Joy. Sometimes we so want our pupils to progress that we overlook the fact that it is okay to remain at a level in order to enjoy the music, the achievements, and the simple beauty of our art and to fill in the “colour” of that art.

  2. One challenge I’ve had is that students will not be satisfied with being asked to work on “developmentally appropriate” pieces because either their parents or they themselves feel it’s “too easy” for them – even though it’s not. So there is a lot of pushback regarding curriculum choices. It’s not as simple as having a talk, either, to remedy this.

    Also, I’ve had students (usually teenagers) who swear that what they just played for me sounded good even though it did not. People in general are perfectly able to delude themselves, harsh as that may sound. Teachers in general can only lead them so much. It’s up to the individual to decide they want to incorporate the feedback or not.

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