This past month I've had the privilege to adjudicate 2 festivals in Ontario. Here are some tips for preparing your children for competition.
Be Your Child's Practice Partner
Dorthy Delay asked parents of prospective students, "who is going to be your child's practice partner?"
If child prodigies are supervised during practice what about your child?
I encourage parents to attend lessons and take notes. Then they can help the child complete their assignments during the week. Prepared students are happy students. Prepared students are happy because they play well quickly and efficiently.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.