I agree wholeheartedly with playing music to the highest of standards. What is important to me is how those standards are reached. Criticism and bullying in their various guises have always been an accepted form of achieving high standards and these can be so damaging to a musician and their playing. I’ve come to realize […]
The drive for perfection: can musicians change this to the drive for ‘excellence?’ And what’s the difference?
For the last couple of weeks I have been giving intensive lessons to a fourteen year old Chinese girl. She and her younger brother came over to Oxford from Taiwan to take part in a language school whilst their parents had their annual holiday! And this year, the parents decided that their eldest daughter should […]
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