The five things that make you succeed in music; good luck for the concert tomorrow.
I only expect four, or rather, five things of my students. Only ever. And only two of my students’ parents.
This is a truly simplified version of my studio’s rules:
1. Come to class!
2. Have a good attitude.
3. Have all the materials ready that I prescribe. Books, metronome – you need them!
5. Come to the Studio Concerts and Ceilidhs.
And as to the parents:
1) Enable and enforce 1 through 5, above.
2) Pay the lesson fees on time.
All these are shows of respect. Without respect, all teaching is lost and you are wasting your and my time, and your moneys.
Practicing hard requires a bit of humility. It takes the student accepting that all is not yet good and there is room for improvement. The more humble the student, the better the practicing works, as you will also listen to my guidance instead of trying doggedly to go through the wall with your own head first (a practice that will only give you a headache).
Practice respect and humility in your daily life, a day at a time; you will be surprised how much better many things suddenly work. And those who respect others, will in turn earn and deserve respect.
All my brave souls who will be standing on stage tomorrow night: Good luck! toi-toi-toi!
All our students: Studio Concert scheduled for 5th of May, 18h00.
All our students: Please be aware of the studio concert on FRIDAY the 4th of May, starting at 18h00. As usual, be there at least 30 minutes early, for settling in and tuning.
We have some young dynamos in the studio at current, it is promising to be one inspiring concert! Also welcome to our new “Twinklers” and guitar novices.
The concert is for the benefit of the students. Young performers lose their stage-fright when playing for a sympathetic audience.
Younger/less advanced players are inspired by performances better than their own. This encourages them to reach higher.
Young children (especially if wild) need to be kept in check and taught to sit nicely and listen.
Please don’t leave halfway. The performances get better as the evening draws on; and the advanced players have to listen to the beginners, so how fair is it that they should have to play to a smaller audience? Besides it teaches children selfishness if one leaves with them after their performance without waiting for the evening to finish. It is a Friday; the children can sleep late the next morning.
Works with several movements: Audience, most of you know this but I’ll mention it anyway. If a work with several movements is performed, one doesn’t applaud between movements.
Make sure your child eats something before arriving. It’s a long hour until break. Also make sure, as it’s winter, that your child is dressed warmly enough. Being cold affects a performance.
To combat stage fright, eat protein! This is apparently no joke. It works.
Our twin musicians were interviewed by TV station “Kruiskyk”. A story of hope, persistence and refusing to give up. An overload of talent doesn’t exactly hurt either…
The crew of “Kruiskyk” came to interview two of our students at their home on Thursday, for the program “Voete”, provisionally scheduled to be aired on Sunday 15th April at 18h00.
Identical twins Ruthven and Lawrence Frylinck have been with the Violin Studio for several years now. They perform together regularly, having notched up (besides the regular Studio Concerts) various weddings, sundowner functions, birthdays and promotional events. Their story, to be told on “Voete” next Sunday, is one of winning through persistence. The TV appearance is thoroughly deserved. Of course a healthy overdose of talent doesn’t hurt.
Their repertoire includes classical pieces, gypsy fiddle, Irish,Celtic, opera and Afrikaans songs; their instruments span from a capella singing to keyboard-accompanied violin, tin whistle, low whistle, and a blend of above.
Ruthven and Lawrence Frylinck can be found at our Musician’s Hub page.
(Reblogged from Letterdash for my WP Letterdashians)
The concert yesterday was a great success. It “raised the roof” – we had a very nice audience!
We’re planning to repeat the experience (I was quietly plotting not to repeat it if we had played to a near-empty hall but that was luckily not the case – attendance was great). The next one will be either a matinee or soiree at an outdoors venue; depending on how far into winter it is.
Here are some points of useless information about some of the music we played.
Jos van den Dungen – A violinist/composer from the Nether World. I mean, Netherlands. His (gorgeous) compositions range in style from tangos and jigs over American ragtime and swing, into the deep Balkans with Czardas and so on. We played his ragtime “Playing at the Club” (very much like the “Ritz” song) and a tango.