like today really make me question because I feel like I have the most
simplistic answer to the music phenomenon that occurs here and it feels too
simple: repetition, repetition, repetition, and as soon as something is wrong,
the student is stopped instantly and they start the passage over again. The few
times they did run through it and a student did mess up, they used the "go
ahead" method, jumping back in as soon as they could and not preoccupying
themselves with the wrong note.
It was incredible to hear excerpts and echoes of Mahler all over the conservatory. Because of space issues, many students were practicing in the hallways and, being an open space, students could hear other students practicing, which when practicing correctly, can be an incredible asset to hear the piece played correctly while you are practicing it. And because these kids are moving and pushed, they work them hard and there's no opportunity for them to be squirrely. The few times focus was lost, they were reminded of respect, or that they had an audition tomorrow, something greater than themselves and a goal to achieve.
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