All of my students are gearing up for recitals and other performances in early May, so it's crunch time!
It's also crunch time for me. I've been busy performing with orchestras and choruses, and going to concerts – hearing the new John Luther Adams piece and the Takács Quartet, just before their lineup changes.
Inspired by my friends who have taken on the 100 Days of Practice Challenge, I've started posting clips from my practice sessions on my Instagram. I love this challenge. As musicians, we can easily become perfectionists about how we sound, and it feels vulnerable to share the working process with others. But here's the thing: we all have to learn new music, and we all hit wrong notes. As a teacher, especially, I try to be transparent with my students about what's hard, and I certainly never pretend to be perfect. So far, I've found that the practice challenge is motivating and fun, so I'll definitely be continuing.
Also, I finally launched the downloads section of my website, which will eventually expand to include all the violin-piano arrangements I've made for my students. I hope to have two additional Vivaldi concertos up soon, as well as concertos by Haydn and others.
Here is some content I've enjoyed this month.
Violin Music by Women: It's so important that students play works by female composers, and these volumes, which start at the beginning level and progress through pre-professional, are great.
Violin Teachers Blog: Thought-provoking posts on teaching and relationships.
I'm also reading through the archives of The Violin Blog.
Another podcast: Between the Barlines with Jonathan Tsay. Great musicians, great conversations.