I often find myself wondering how teachers manage those precocious children who pick things up quickly - I commented to my teacher that I'd be terrified if in that situation, as there's so much potential to balls it up.
As she was still a child its reasonable to assume she still needed a teacher - if nothing else, to prevent injury, but also to guide her into maturity as a player as she developed. but what would a teacher teach? Do you go on to Bach and Beethoven because she can technically manage it, is there stuff that she is actually doing incorrectly, even though she is able to meet the demands of the piece, so at least you could be shaping correct and efficient playing?
Also, just on the subject of Judy Kang, how come she wasn't catapulted into that child prodigy stratosphere - was it a conscious choice to give her a childhood or was it one of those weird circumstance things? She still plays (thank goodness), judging by the comments on youtube videos.
I've realised something else about child players players (if you look at little Sarah Chang and Maxim Vengerov) - as kids they don't do so much emoting with their body. They play without that self consciousness. It pleases me.
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