QUOTE(MusicalNitWit @ May 4 2011, 05:52 PM)
First practice went well today. Luckily he'd played one of his pieces for a competition in school so we excluded that. I did each major scale and arpeggio alternating so if scale was slurred then arpeggio was tongued. E major was weak but it was slurred. Remembered all scales but some errors on arpeggios. He had an air of non-pressured confidence about him....little s*&+
Started the Montagues - went better than thought and focused on tenor clef troubles in one section so will do next section tomorrow.
I still need to get my head around aural and sight-reading but I think I will save that for weekends.
Feel positive today - that will change as all of DS cricket matches are away so home by 7:30pm every Wednesday as of next week!
Thank you for the support. Now off to do the minors as tomorrow will only be 20mins and we'll be on SueHM's schedule!
I need a stress free schedule for my life! I got home yesterday to hear that apparently she is doing Gr 6 violin this term. She does not know her scales at all. Last term she was entered for her theory and I (We?) spent every morning doing theory before school. It was pretty stressful....... She was only half way thro the Gr 3 book at the time. I told her if she were my pupil, I wouldn't enter her- and she rose to the challenge.
So I have now tried that today- and she did practice properly without my supervision (YAY- one battle over for today). My pupils doing their grade 6 next term know more scales than she does! And she hasn't even chosen her B piece yet!
I was lying awake worrying about that last night! I thought we'd be ok, when piano teacher and I decided to put Gr 3 off til next term. Violin teacher had said they were 'Technique developing' and not doing exams for a bit... and I thought "YAY".
DD is vvvvvvv busy- she is a gymnast- doing stupid hours too! She also has lots of homework, school exams coming up (she's in 'scholarship set'- pressure!)...... On the plus side, she has just given up scouts and i've nearly persuaded her to give up ballet....... She is also in school teams... and like you MNW, she has some away matches this term!
Help me.... how am we going to cope (gym comp in July too, with a new heavier partner- so no let up there)