Hello WCS students and families!
Lessons this summer have continued just the way they started – incredibly productive and wonderfully fun! It’s been so exciting to chart new territory with each and every student, and to see and hear so many techniques and skills developing.
One thing that we really miss, however, is the ability to play in unison and to play duets with each of our students. Students eyes and ears can pick up on so much simply by us being able to play in unison with them – posture, tempo, intonation, bow length, speed, contact point, and weight, dynamics, phrasing, expression, and so much more. And playing duets adds an extra layer of complexity to pieces that are already well-learned, asking the student to continue to play what they have developed at a high level while simultaneously listening to, reacting to, and making music with another part and another person.
So, beginning today, Kirby and I are going to make a concerted effort to record ourselves playing both the students’ part to their pieces – so that students can play in unison with us throughout the week, as well as the duet parts where applicable – that students can play their polished pieces with us and those added layers of complexity.
We look forward to playing “with” you throughout the week!