Listen but don’t look

Music teachers picture the scene … you are choosing a new piece to learn with your student, but even though they are showing signs of liking it, they reject it because it ‘looks’ too hard.

Hands up if this has happened to you!

I’ve found this occurs mostly with my teenage students. Adult learners and younger beginners seem to be far more accepting of the challenge. Often when I show them it’s not as difficult as they think and there are patterns here and there, they change their mind.

If I’m honest there’s probably a good chance I did this to my teacher too when I was learning!

I think after the school holidays I’m going to try ‘blind sheet music tests’. I’ll ask a student to listen while I play potential pieces but they aren’t allowed to look at the sheet music.

I’d love to hear how you approach this with your students.

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