My longtime Suzuki emphasis prompts me to think I should be able to play well everything my students want to learn or I want to assign, in order to demonstrate each piece in its entirety. This was pretty easy in public school, where most students worked through a fairly finite set of materials and solos. How I find myself approaching my private studio is quite different; I'm very interested in individualizing/differentiating. But I have my own routine practicing, stuff for my quartet & fiddle band, and lit I want to learn for me, which I may or may not eventually also give to a student. Do you ever assign pieces you haven't polished? Do you think you can still teach them well? If you are a student, how does this strike you?
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