With the coming school year, there is a flurry of sign-ups for after-school activities. Three of my private students auditioned for the local youth symphony that begins rehearsing in September. In preparation for the audition, I organized a mini-recital for the students to play their scales, solo piece, and orchestral excerpts. I really enjoy this kind of audition-prep recital partly because it is so great to hear students perform scales. This experience elevates the scale beyond a tool of music theory and technique- we work on every element of making the scale sound beautiful.
Besides the more advanced symphony students, this recital also featured three beginners on their pizzicato songs. Here is a video of Rafi performing Mary Had a Little Lamb- a big step forward since the earlier blog post where I first helped him put his fingers on the correct notes with this song!