I have the opportunity to study with a great teacher in the NSO. I contacted him and he wants to audition me because he is very busy. I contacted him because though I’ve been playing for 9 years, it hasn’t been constant with in teacher and i went through breaks where I didn’t play at all. I have done only maybe 2 concertos in 9 years. I am very dedicated and want him to transform me into a great violinist and i am willing to work hard for it. I think I am already a pretty good violinist already- i am in one of the nations top youth orchestras and recently performed with the musical group “The Piano Guys”(by auditioning for the part). I am kind of nervous because the students he had/has are absolutely amazing and have been training with him for years and years, and i have not. I have some very big goals i want to achieve that i am willing to work for- I really want to get into the National symphony youth fellowship program and become a great musician, but I do not want to be a music major. I have 2 questions given this:
For my audition, should I play the 1st movement of the Mozart 3 concerto? (With or without cadenza?) I really want to prove my level of musicality and dedication.
Can my goals happen realistically given that I am willing to work extremely hard??
I am a high school sophomore btw.
While I haven't heard you play, I think with the right teacher your goals can happen. Obviously there's no guarantee of anything, but it's not ridiculous for you to have these goals, it will just take a lot of hard work.
For your audition, you should play the most difficult piece that you can play well. If the Mozart is polished, it's a good choice...but only play the cadenza if you can really play the cadenza. But if the Mozart is rough, you'd be better off playing something else.
Thank you Gemma for the encouragement. I will probably post videos of my playing as my audition rolls closer (January)
You are *supposed* to take notes during your lessons. It's a baseline expectation for a teenager, I would say.
I have found some teachers get annoyed when you take too long writing notes.
Oh man, a student that takes notes during lessons? Sign me up!
Mine just has be record the lesson, and then I listen to it throughout the week. It saves time that way.
I record my lessons too, but I wish there was a way to bleep me out and just hear the teacher...
Karen - ha! That is why I don't record my lessons! I should though, would be much more efficient than trying to remember what was covered in an hour and fifteen minutes.
I find it much more useful to make notes on the spot. The act of summarizing what I hear makes me remember it better even if I don't look back at the notes. And: often it makes me realize that I misunderstood some part.
Han, everyone remembers in a different way. For you, perhaps physical notes on the spot are the best, but I've taught plenty of students that couldn't decipher their own notes even just one day after they wrote them down. Some people remember much better using video or audio.
I think it is important for the student to write in their own notes, fingerings, bowings, etc. If the teacher does it the student is more likely to ignore it. Galamian insisted the student do this. If it was a fingering or bowing he said write it in. If in the next lesson the same problem occured, he said write it in red pencil. If this occured for the 3rd time the Dreaded Blue Pencil was to be used.
I use a Zoom Q3 video recorder at my lessons. You could probably use your smart phone. Even a recording device can be ignored, so it's still on you to get something out of it.
I haven't read through all the answers but have read many similar threads and what you will get are some really expert answers that may or may not refer to your situation. So here are some points you might consider. There is no violin teacher that can transform you into an amazing violinist. (This is not to say, you will not become an amazing violinst, it is a general caution that if this is your expectation for a teacher, it might benefit from a reality check).
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