For the past four years, I’ve arranged a “masterclass exchange” with a fellow piano teacher to give my students an opportunity to receive feedback from someone besides me. I like to correlate the dates to fall within a few weeks prior to my studio recital, so that the event serves as a rehearsal for the students.
Last weekend, I visited my friend Christina Whitlock from Muncie, Indiana, to give her masterclasses to her students. We had such fun!
Each student performed a piece, and then afterwards I provided one or two ideas for the student to consider incorporating into his or her performance.
Christina’s students have been preparing their pieces for a National Federation of Music Club local event.
I love the way this crew crowded around the piano here to get involved in what’s happening!
This was the youngest group. An energetic group, but so engaged!
Christina has a lovely studio space.
A photo with the second group.
The oldest group included a brother-sister violin-piano ensemble performing a musically humorous duet.
Everyone did a lovely job.
One more group photo.
In a few weeks, Christina will be traveling my direction to return the favor and give a masterclass for my students.
If you’ve never done anything like this, I highly recommend it! Perhaps you’d like to reach out to a fellow teacher in your area and propose your own a masterclass exchange.
To see pictures from last year’s masterclass exchange with my friend Loretta Cetkovic: click here.
To see what Christina has to say about building community within your piano studio, check out her guest post series on Amy Chaplin’s Piano Pantry blog.
from Color In My Piano https://colorinmypiano.com/2018/03/09/2018-masterclass-exchange/