2017, you are mine.

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But never too busy for you, friends!

2nd semester is here! It makes me want to check goal sheets and see if we are on track. I want millions of to-do lists to be sure I’m not missing anything. (It also doesn’t hurt that my online checklist shoots a unicorn across the page when I check something off the list!)

So…let’s get prepared!

As a reminder to my studio:

SIGN UP FOR YOUR GROUP CLASS.  Either repertoire or chamber music this semester – go and make some new cello pals. (I guess other instruments are ok, too.)

SHOW ME WHAT YOU CAN ROCK.  Be sure to have your 1 best thing that you improved over break to show me.

JOSHUA ROMAN MASTER CLASS.  February 18th @ 10:30am. Attendance is required.

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Alright 2017, let’s do this!

listening does work.

EarbudsA few months ago I performed a torturous experiment on a wonderful student. (All my students are wonderful, and this one is no exception.) It went like this:
The student struggled with rhythm and notes in a mid-book 1 cello piece. I asked if the child did the required listening, and the response was negative. (The father – who is a musician as well – was in the room to corroborate this experiment.) My response was to put our cellos down, put the song on repeat, and do some music theory work for 10 minutes. As the student wasn’t focused on the music this was just passive listening as the little cellist was intent on the theory work.
After 10 minutes of hearing Allegretto on repeat, we put theory away and I had the student play the piece. And the little one did – WITHOUT MISSING A NOTE OR BEAT.
Actual proof in Ms. Candace’s studio! And if you still don’t believe me, here is further information and a study conducted by the Bulletproof Musican (seriously worth the read.)
Conclusion: listen. To everything. Even if you aren’t aware, it helps – I promise.