Playing for a master teacher

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said: Apr 19, 2007
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Has anyone here had a student or child play for a master teacher in a master class? My daughter is playing for John Kendall and any advice or tips from people who’ve had this experience would be much appreciated! Thanks!

said: Apr 19, 2007
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

Wow, Profcornelia, that is very exciting. I saw him do a lecture at the SAA conference two times ago. He was both funny and informative.

I think your daughter is very lucky to have this opportunity with such a well-known and important teacher.

I recommend that you videotape the masterclass, if he allows it. What a treasure that will be—historically and for retaining his lesson points. Also, take the best notes you can and just absorb everything he has to say.

Once a year I host a master teacher to work with my students for a weekend workshop, and I love it. First, I LOVE to see what they will choose to work on with my students, because they are coming with a fresh set of eyes and ears. It helps me be a better teacher, PLUS I make sure I follow up on their masterclass lesson points for weeks, sometimes months to really help each student get the most out of their experience. Second, it really helps the parents and students to get similar or different feedback from the master teacher, lets them know the Suzuki world is bigger than our community, etc. and exposes them to another person’s vast knowledge and experience. I think the students get a lot to think about in a short amount of time.

I hope that’s helpful. I would love to hear about your daughter’s experience once it’s taken place (where is it happening?). Keep us updated!

Laurel said: Apr 19, 2007
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

Wow, that IS really exciting! Wish I could be a fly on the wall there!

Traim—who would you consider a “master teacher”? A teacher trainer? I’d love to host a workshop like that in my little school, but would have no idea who to approach.

Laurel

said: Apr 19, 2007
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

Laurel, yes I do consider teacher trainers to be master teachers. I’m also saying that because they have 20, 30, 40 years of teaching experience.

If you have worked with a particular teacher trainer that you liked, why not invite them to come for a Sat-Sun workshop?

said: Apr 21, 2007
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An update: My daughter’s master class with Mr. Kendall was last night. It was a very relaxed environment—only about 15 people observing and three different kids playing. He spent about 20 minutes on each child. They had to play their selected pieces with piano accompaniment first, and then Mr. Kendall made some general comments and asked them to play particular passages to work on some details.

He is a very nice man and I think he made each child very comfortable (he teaches the kids a little secret handshake at the end of the lesson). He doesn’t play his violin (I didn’t even see his violin) but he is very hands-on—he showed the kids what he wanted them to do and had them hold/touch his arm, for example, so they could feel what he was doing.

To anyone considering having their child audition for a master class, I would say go for it. You never know who will get selected (it’s not necessarily the most advanced players who get selected). We’ve been to several institutes so my daughter was familiar with the master class format, but I think it would be beneficial to any child who is willing to take instruction and try something different.

BTW—we were allowed to videotape the entire masterclass, and it’s nice to have the lesson on tape to bring to our home teacher, who was’nt able to attend.

Thanks for the advice!

said: Apr 21, 2007
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

Thanks for the update! Sounds like it was a great experience—one to treasure. Also, how nice that you could videotape it for your home teacher to see. It’s nice for us to be able to follow up on points that a master teacher makes if we can either observe live or watch a videotape.

Thanks for sharing your and your daughter’s experience.

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