musings from a scholar, a performer, and a die-hard pedagogue!
I adore performing. For those that have seen me in recital, this is no surprise. I am at home on the stage. I find the interaction with the audience exhilarating, the collaboration with colleagues enriching, and the sharing of new music enlivening.
Each winter the juxtaposition of my love for performing and others' morbid fear of it is realized when my annual recital coincides with Miami University's audition season. How is it young musicians are raised to love music, but hate performing? I recently overheard a talented young musician declare after a brilliant performance: "it was awful. I cracked a note."
In an era of objective-learning and test-oriented education, students are driven to achieve the right answer --the perfect score. for music, this can prove detrimental. Young players struglle to internalize the lack of perfection in music. There is always room for growth, for maturation, for improvement.
I list below 3 pertinent and critical facts for all aspiring musicians to know: