Over the next several lessons, she was able to readjust her standards for sight reading and realize that not everything needed to be perfect – she just needed to get to the end of the song! Finally, she sight read a piece to the end and congratulated herself. Such a contrast to her earlier frustration at not achieving perfection right away! (Of course, when she practiced the song at home, she brought it back the next week well-prepared!)
(Sight reading: playing a song without having looked at it before. Usually, the goal is to play as accurately as possible without stopping to correct mistakes.)
We also work on several different activities and pieces per lesson. The corrections I make are fast-paced and require a lot of observation on the student’s part.
What was difficult about this piece?
What do you hear that’s different when I play it?
What do you think this piece is about?
- If your child is not at all interested in music (forcing your child to play an instrument may cause him to hate it!)
- If you are not willing to ensure your child practices
- If you cannot commit to weekly lessons