Piano teachers may complain about students who hardly practice, or come to lessons with a truckload of excuses, but the times we savor are when everything seems to click.
Tonight, I had a lesson with an adult student who announced immediately before playing a note that her piece “was in the doghouse.”
What a tension-relieving way to begin our musical exchange!
I chuckled at her quip because I knew it was the disclaimer she needed to relax and enjoy our moments of creation.
The J.C. Bach Prelude is one of my favorite pieces, because it is a repository of heavenly harmonies spread through undulating broken chords. It’s the perfect vehicle to teach a singing tone legato and how to phrase beautifully with an awareness of forward wrist motions, rotation, natural, relaxed breathing, and the emulation of a singer.
This evening my pupil and I reached a pinnacle of communication because we were in the zone, having simultaneous awakenings.
The interplay grew our musical/emotional/physical consciousness to a “peak experience” level worth sharing.