Practice, Preparation and Nerves

Practice, Preparation and Nerves

I write this sitting at VTNZ waiting for one of my children to sit her driver’s licence test.  There’s lots of nervous energy in this place (both from parents and potential drivers!) and excited anticipation as each young person presents their papers and waits their turn.  I can’t help but compare this to a music concert – practice, preparation and nerves all leading up to this event.  Of course, we are hoping for a successful result, however, the learning that will take place from a performance that ‘could be better’ will just be as valuable.  Your child’s concert will be a significant event for them (as will this driving test for my daughter). 
Enjoy and celebrate! 
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Music framed my childhood

Music framed my childhood

As a child, I always knew my Dad was happy and where to find him by his whistling.  He whistled while he worked, while he was in the garden when he was out walking,  anywhere.  And I knew if Mum was super happy because she would crank up one of her many Tchaikovsky ballet recordings (she was a ballet teacher) so the whole neighbourhood could hear it...

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY...

PLAY, PLAY, PLAY...

MAKE PRACTISE FUN!

I recently asked one of our teaching team what she thought might be useful for parents to know which would help with their child’s music lessons.

She gave three suggestions...