The studio Halloween/Fall/Christmas recital is on Nov. 17 this year. Other than the anomaly of last week, the students are doing a good job of preparing well in advance. I try to impress upon them that having a whole week of leeway in memorization or learning a piece for a performance is a good idea. What if you get sick? What if there is a big school project? What if you go out of town? There are so many scenarios that if a student plans on learning music until the last minute can create the recipe for a poor performance. While some of the issues could be prevented sometimes things just come up.
To a young student a month is like forever. If you tell them they have a month you can guarantee procrastination. However, if I am very specific about what we need to accomplish each week to meet the goal then they understand that a month really isn’t so long.
Good luck to all those students and teachers out there preparing for a winter concert. Plan ahead and keep practicing.