Last week, a young student hadn’t done much piano practice, which was unusual for her. Eventually, she admitted that she “was scared of the pieces”. She is preparing for the current ABRSM Prep test, and I think a lot of the issue was the difference in the presentation of the music to her Pianotime Tutor Book, as she is more than ready for the level of the material.
I carefully went through each of the activities that she was supposed to have been working on, but instead of writing it all in her practice book (which she had left at home anyway), I wrote it like this (but in a little more detail):
This is a really, really, wobbly re-creation of what I gave her to take home. But you can get the idea – which is to pretend that she is going on a piano adventure, over mountains, across the river, and then through a lovely garden of flowers. Each “event” represents a different activity/piece to work on for the week. I thought it would be fun to pretend that “Walking” and “Rocking” were obstacles to be overcome, as they are very simple little five-finger excerises.
However, I didn’t want the main piece, “Jogalong” to have any suggestion that it might be difficult or challenging, so I represented it as a walk in the park, through flowers and trees, on the way to reach the prize.
I’d love to tell you that it was a resounding success, but unfortunately she was ill on the day of her lesson this week! So, that will have to wait for another post.