A short interview about practice with Midori Goto, violinist.
What I like about Midori’s answers about practicing is that they can be applied to our students, not just to the protégé.
“The more I did, the better I felt.”
“The more work you put into it—you can feel the results, you can see the results.”
“A few technical things that I have been working on…and finally I get it.”
While it would be nice to tell students that for each book they are in they should practice so many minutes, Midori reminds us that “it’s not so much about the number of minutes.” We talk in our studio about practicing with intention. Not just putting in the time.
Her comment that, “It’s the buildup of skills that is very exciting, and fun, and motivating” reminded me of what Suzuki wanted for students—skills. The Suzuki Method is not about moving ahead in books! It’s like Midori says—it’s about the buildup of skills which will allow our students to progress comfortably into the next book, playing in tune.
SURPRISE AHEAD or MONEY THIS WAY- Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek