Eliminating Panic from Your Student’s Recital Preparation

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This article will show you how to create portable countdown charts for your students – blueprints for how students can be ready for their Big Occasions on time, every time. They'll display them in their practice room at home, and then bring them to lessons, ensuring that everyone involved in the preparation knows exactly where they are up to in the campaign. They're easy to make, fun to use, and might just save your students (and your sanity!) the next time a major event looms.So why do you need Countdown Charts in the first place? It's less to do with music, and more to do with physics. Don't let your eyes glaze over yet, as the principle outlined below affects every music teacher at some stage! (And it's the reason last minute panic practice occurs in the first place…).Time distortions and your studioOne of the more unsettling scientific discoveries of the twentieth century is that time is not actually a constant. So much so that you can't count on it to act as any sort of reference point, because there are circumstances under which it can slow down, and more extreme conditions during which it could actually stop. Theoretically, of course.Well, it's not just a theory, and you don't need to have an understanding of quantum physics or singularity theory to appreciate the point of custom lab report writing service. Music teachers have always known that time is not a constant – not just because we have to explain the enigma of rubato, but because of the variable rate at which deadlines seem to approach. And through this, music teachers understand something that physicists are yet to embrace; that time can also actually speed up.If this all sounds like a little far-fetched, consider this:When we first tell students about the end of year concerts or exams, we'll usually give them plenty of notice. Six months is not atypical, which should give them around 180 days to prepare. That should be plenty, and they can't claim they weren't warned.Unfortunately, the actual amount of time afforded by six month's warning is nowhere near 180 days. The first five months usually flies by for most students – delightful summer-holiday-lazy days of relaxed half-practice, buoyed all the while by the knowledge that the exam is still six months away.It's not that these students actually are lazy.It's the perception that throughout every one of those five months – including the fifth month – the exam feels as though it is still six months away. Why? Because the student was once told that it is! The number sticks with all the permanence of the all the other constants we memorize at school. Seven days a week. Four weeks in a month. And six months till my performance.So time stands still – at least for the student. No cosmetic company on the planet has been able to achieve this, but music students find themselves temporarily immune from the ravages of time whenever a deadline is in the distance. As long as they have a concert at the end of the year, they'll be Forever Young.



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