March 3, 2020

I recently helped run a local music festival/audition for area music students K-12 grades.  Some Festivals and Auditions are very serious and intense with students playing 2 or more memorized pieces and possibly scales and chords.  This particular festival was for one memorized movement from a Sonatina or Sonata.  It was an opportunity for students to prepare a piece well from memory and be evaluated by a music teacher, all with music degrees, and some were college professors.

Since I was behind the scenes, I had an opportunity to look over what judges wrote about students, which in itself is a reflection of the judge's aesthetics and values.  Some judges always want pieces FASTER, with MORE or Mo...

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