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Jen Thompsn

Where should we go from here?

December 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I have a student who just started with me four months ago. He's 9, homeschools, and feels great determination towards "getting it right." I don't want to change too much too soon in his playing. So I thought I'd send a little video to you teachers and players, with a query - in your opinion, what's the most important thing he should tackle in his playing right now? See below. Thanks in advance!

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From Laurie Niles
Posted on December 11, 2011 at 5:17 PM
Jen,
For a kiddo at this level he does play nicely in tune, has a good position, etc. I would start with his imagination, let him know that this is a cello piece, maybe even play him a few recordings (I like to play kids Rostropovich and then Casals, because they are so very different). I like telling the kids they have to enjoy those big chords as if they were coming out of a giant cello!

Then maybe give him some musical ideas, for example, he could try doing a crescendo without beating. I'm sure he is not aware that he is beating, but a musical idea could perhaps help him become aware of it but give him something else to do. He sounds like a good student, have fun!

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