Student of the Week Award for Week Eight goes to 9 year old Adhav Manoj Pillai. Adhav impressed me this week by showing how much a student can improve their playing in the space of one week! Adhav has been learning flute and playing in the school band for one year, but over the Christmas holidays forgot a lot of the fingerings he had learned last year, and has been struggling trying to remember them again this term. This week Adhav took my advice and checked fingerings he was not sure about in his tutor book when practising, resulting in much better playing in his lesson. Adhav is also working hard to take better care of his flute so that it does not get so many knocks and dents, and to make sure that he washes his hands before playing, so that his flute does not get so sticky. Well done Adhav!
Students come back to lessons in various ‘states of repair’ after the summer holidays. Some have holes where things that were learned and mastered before the holiday have been totally forgotten and have to be re-learned. Some are a bit rusty and just need to play a bit to get back to where they were and some have been maintained in perfect condition, and pick up exactly where they left off. But it is rare to find a student that has actually made progress and improved over the holidays.
Anika is such a student. Anika downloaded the backing tracks to her tutor book over the holidays and played all her beginner tunes along with the backing tracks. What a great holiday fun thing to do! Not only has she learned two new and quite difficult songs by herself but all her playing is now so much more confident and fluent! Anika is looking forward to progressing on to her new ‘proper’ flute this term. Well done, Anika!
Here is a blog with some great performance advice and tips. It is worth re-reading before every performance you do.