Five weeks into fall lessons. The little ones have gone through buckets of pieces – learning new notes and discovering new sounds with every lesson. The advanced students are just scratching the surface of their new pieces – at 5 weeks hopefully the rhythm and notes are becoming secure.
For all the in-betweeners – by now they’re hopefully “done” the pieces we started with, unless they are preparing for an event of sorts. Sometimes, though, something just gets stuck. Notes are going nowhere. Practice, if it’s actually been happening, is obviously ineffective. You’ve given the same instructions for 2 or 3 weeks and nothing is happening.
Maybe the piece is just too hard. Time to put it on hold and say we’ll come back to it (may or may not happen but it makes the student feel better).
Maybe the student just doesn’t like the piece – can’t find any connection. There’s the tricky balancing act – the wire between exposing them to different styles, knowing that as they get better at it they will like it more – and accepting that they just don’t like it and probably won’t. It’s OK. There will be more Sonatinas.
I’m sure Mary Gae George would say the piece was probably not prepped well enough at the lesson. Not the student’s fault.
Time to let it go.