Over the past few weeks there has been a gradual decline in the effort Opie has put into practicing her oboe. It’s been a source of frustration for me and especially for Teacher. On some occasions she sounds lovely, on others she just isn’t trying.
Occasionally I get it right.
This afternoon, Opie came home from school and almost immediately plunked herself in front of the piano. She practiced her pieces, her cadences, and played some old favorites. She even called me over several times to demonstrate a special piece or to show how she had something memorized.
This was all great. I’m quite happy she is enjoying this and I love peeking in the living room and seeing her engrossed in her music.
The only thing was, we had a tight schedule this afternoon. Continue reading
TTOTD = tiny treat of the day. One of our incentive systems for practicing. Candy for practicing isn’t unusual but I’ve tried to change it up a bit to heighten the interest, and our method is still working well a couple months later.
A practicing success today: Opie reviewed the notes from yesterday’s lesson before playing each piece. But we kind of cheated in how it was done.
I can get Opie to do almost anything if it is just for two minutes. I just have to figure out what she needs to do.
Opie comes back in a few hours from a long weekend away with friends. Of course I have missed her. I will be happy to see her goofy face, and to give her hugs, but my big question is: did she practice?
Knock on wood – this hasn’t been a problem for a while, but we had a couple months where the oboe went in and out of commission on a regular basis. Occasionally we were oboe-less for a whole week.
I didn’t want Opie to lose the practice habit (or at least the little bit that had stuck). Continue reading