Rice Preparatory Program Update
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In additional to public comments, I’ve received several helpful private e-mails. Thank you everyone for the inputs.
Looking back, it was definitely the right decision.
This video was around spring in 2015, taught by Suzuki teacher prior to entering Rice:
After lessons at Rice for about 10 month, in January 2016:
Theme and Variations
At a Halloween costume recital in 2017:
I'm glad that worked out for you, and thank you for updating!
In the summer time when the school is out, about 90 minutes a day, broken up in different times of the day.
"We really work hard trying to have efficient practice rather than endless practice."
She's doing great! I wish I had started so early. :-)
Your daughter plays so well at such a young age! And you are great parents to encourage her and for making the effort to put her in that program. My parents didn't think it was worth it to learn violin when I was growing up and they would have never bothered to find a program such as the one at Rice to accelerate my learning. So kudos to you!
There is really nothing special about the Rice program other than providing the building space. Otherwise it’s the same as a well-run studio.
"efficient practice will accelerate your progress way more than teacher differences"
I've been checking out one of the schools here. They hold recitals twice a year. It's mandatory so students have to perform no matter what. As a result, most students play like they're still at home learning the piece, lol! A lot of stops and starts. That's just one school though. I need to look at the others and see if they have any videos of their recitals.
We have temporary lessons when the teacher is out of the town. Including summer camps and chamber music, I think we’ve had more than 20 teachers.
One of the things I'm adopting is what your daughter did. In your original thread, you mentioned that if she didn't like a song, that she would play it in different ways or places which I thought was absolutely BRILLIANT! And she was so creative about coming up with the ways to make it fun to learn the piece. I would have never come up with that on my own, much less find different creative ways to play something I don't like. I may be a full grown adult, but I think it would be much more interesting and fun to play a song I didn't like while marching or walking around. Transposing is also a great idea and making the song into an exercise by playing it on one string. Also writing variations to make the song more like something you might like! Your daughter has so many good ideas!
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