What is a professor really looking for
So I will be applying to school in a couple of years coming up and I wanted to know what proffessors are really looking for in a candidate. Is it only technical facility? Are they looking for a simply adequate technique with a good sense of musicality? Are the looking for the most difficult yet decently played repotoire? Any help is very helpful.
I think "teachability" is high on the list. You want a good match between their teaching style and your learning style. You should take a trial lesson if at all possible. You need to be able to incorporate feedback quickly and easily. And for heavens sake, when you audition, if that teacher is on the audition panel, make sure that you do what it was that they told you to do in that trial lesson.
I second Lydia's assessment, although teachability can be hard to assess unless you are giving the student a lesson. I look for potential, which is summed up by musical instincts and work ethic. What I personally love to see and why is below.
"Where did you audition and what did you play and did you get in" should be added as a question on the US Census.
In most schools, a pulse.
I would not recommend someone major in music if at 17, they have to be 'spoonfed' an interpretation. Just my 2 cents...
My sense is that most reasonably good 17-year-old violin students can "interpret" at the phrase level (i.e., they know how to put in "echoes" when passages repeat) but may still need help with the bigger picture.
Teachability and potential, yes, but if you want to go to a top school, you need to have the technical chops to outplay the many others who also want to go to that school.
Paul Deck>> "Where did you audition and what did you play and did you get in" should be added as a question on the US Census.
@Jacob Summer - Thanks!!! Right back at you, it was great to feel such energy in the room. You all have a really engaged culture and it was really rewarding to be there.
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