Focus! Even with a parrot on my head?
Violin students need to focus. But this much? I may ask a lot from my violin students, but I doubt they will ever have to do that!
Eloise Hellyer’s post, “Good Habits,” (click here for her post.) included this amusing video found below about concentrating while playing the violin.
Jordanna Greenberg from the group, Harpeth Rising, was practicing at her parents’ home when their pet cherry-headed Conure named Pepper landed on her head. As she says, “Rule #1 of being a performer: You must continue to play, even with a parrot on your head!”
It is not likely that a student will have a parrot on his or her head, but we can think about the children in the audience during a recital making noises like Pepper is doing. Jordanna is the perfect model for “the play must go on!”
Enjoy the look on her face when she starts to refocus. She plays one of the most difficult violin concertos, the Sibelius. The video is hilarious and a great lesson for our students on focus!
Hmmm, maybe we should get a studio mascot…
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt
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