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It’s because you’re not practicing the right way.
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- Understand the basic principles of psychomotor learning.
- Introduce and share methods and strategies for practicing.
- Find out what aspects are strong and weak in your own practice.
- Learn more about teaching practising.
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A life changing concert experience
(From a soloist in the early music field)
Dear Susan, I had no less than a life changing concert experience, totally focussed on myself and on the music, really at ease and full of trust. (The) slow movement was such a deep Flow that nothing could go wrong! Tomorrow live on radio in the morning and Concertgebouw début at lunch. Will go on doing this. Thanks SO much!
Concertgebouw debut was just like I dreamt of it! But the best thing is what I learned about being able to trust myself more.
Audiation: Approaching music a language
(From a clarinettist from a major symphony orchestra)
After learning about audiation I decided to put it into practice straight away; the following day I was giving a performance of Messiaens’s Quartet for the End of Time. I will just give a few small examples:
The three notes marked fp and tenuto before the recap demand a certain attack and decay which responds to the acoustic of the venue. I wanted these to sound like gongs announcing the end of momentary freedom (expressed in the preceding music) – so instead of giving myself elaborate instructions on how to produce these shapes ” breathe like this, attack for a certain duration, release” I simply imagined the sound of gongs and the feeling that I was announcing the end of time. The sustained decelerating 4th finger trill which follows can also be tricky: it can easily sound tight and less than fully resonant, and the pacing of the rallentando is critical. (I don’t find that any rallentando will do in this context.) Here I decided to focus on the image of the universe imploding in response to the sounding of the gongs and miraculously I was able to exactly achieve the effect I was after.
A curious by-product of thinking this way during performance was that I didn’t have to think about how to breathe, which is remarkable in eight minutes of sustained solo playing. By focusing on the image to follow I was able to breathe in the way that gave me the right attack and sustaining ability to convey the shifting expressions of the piece.
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Conference presentation at the International Conference on Music Psychology and Music Performance in Madrid
Lectures and workshop at the Fachdidaktik und Lehrpraxis im Austausch and at the Symposium »Challenge accepted. Herausforderrungen im Berufsalltag von Instrumental- und Gesangslehrkräften« in Graz
Presentation in the seminar Instrumental and Vocal Teaching at the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag
Two-day workshop Optimal üben at the University of the Arts, Bremen