One of the guiding principles of my life is to seek and embrace growth, both personally and professionally. Curious by nature, I love learning new things from books, people, and travel. It can certainly be easier to trod the same well-worn paths, to do what has always worked, and there’s certainly a time and place for that, but I also like to change things up now and then and see what happens.
This past year in my studio, I tried some new things. One of the biggies was allowing students to use their music during recitals. I had read some articles from other piano bloggers about it, and I decided to give it a try. My hope was that it would help my students have more confident performances. The catch was that they had to have their piece memorized in order to be in the recital, but when it came to the actual performance, they could use their music if they preferred. Some chose to perform without their music as usual, but others gladly chose to use their music. I was happy with the results, and I plan to continue the policy for now!