how to choose a piece for a workshop masterclass

Teresa Henrichs Hakel said: Dec 20, 2013
Teresa Henrichs Hakel
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Houston, TX
9 posts

Teachers,

I’m in the process of preparing a group of students who are new to me for an upcoming workshop. I feel like I’ve seen something printed in the past that describes the process of choosing an appropriate piece for a workshop or institute masterclass, and the importance of choosing an older, recital ready piece. Do any of you know of a link to such a description? If you don’t, do you have an effective and respectful way to explain to the more skeptical students (read: parents) that they will learn the most from the experience if they play a fully polished piece?

Thanks,
Teresa

Laura said: Jan 6, 2014
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Palm City, FL
105 posts

I don’t have a hand out explaining the benefits of choosing a polished piece, but I need to write something, because I too run in to this issue. I always used to have a rule that the piece chosen be at least 3 review pieces back from the polishing piece. But then I have learned that some pieces are more polished then others, even with students who review very consistently. I will work on a hand out of sorts and let you know what I come up with.

Teresa Henrichs Hakel said: Jan 6, 2014
Teresa Henrichs Hakel
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Houston, TX
9 posts

Thanks, Laura. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

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