musings from a scholar, a performer, and a die-hard pedagogue!
Well, it’s jury time at universities and conservatories across the United States. For those unfamiliar with this rite of passage, allow me to explain.
Juries are a performance exam. Students prepare an allotted amount of music to the peak of their ability and perform it for a panel of esteemed professors. Professors are assessing many things, among them:
I was inspired to write this month’s blog by a Facebook posting. I mentioned the Penny Game. The Penny Game is a “Consistency Builder” I use in my own practicing and with my students.
Begin with 5 pennies on the left side of your stand. Choose a brief technical phrase, or a longer section of music. Turn the metronome to a “doable” tempo. Attempt to play the excerpt 5 times in a row with NO mistakes: technically or musically. For each successful run, one penny is moved over to the right of the stand. If a mistake is made, all pennies are moved back to the left and you must start all over again.