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#1429954 - 05/05/10 09:53 AM the benefits of laryngitis  
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It's a week before my recital and quite an inopportune time to come down with laryngitis. This is my 3rd day with no voice, and needless to say teaching has been a challenge.

I never realized before how much of the lesson time is taken up with me talking. I'm guessing most of what I say is good stuff, but lots of it unnecessary. Consequently, I may be wasting valuable lesson time with each student explaining and describing things when I should rely more on demonstrating.

Although there are tons of things I'd like to verbalize, sometimes the most educational can be video-recording themselves so they can see first hand how they bow and play. We've also watched videos from previous recitals and they've enjoyed hearing their improvement, and noticing their stage presence. Perhaps this is more valuable than me to constantly remind them how to bow, how to place their hands, etc.

Also having beginning students repeat sections until they can get notes/rhythms right has been beneficial. Sometimes I will explain how to do this and assign it for home practice without actually taking the time to practice this with a student. But yesterday I spent the majority of a lesson with a beginner playing the 5-times-perfectly-in-a-row game, where she plays 4 measures again and again until the notes and rhythms are flawless, and she enjoyed it so much. I'm surprised how long she was able to hold her focus and attention on these details.

So perhaps as a result of me having no voice, each student is learning to listen to themselves better rather than relying on me to make verbal remarks and corrections.

I just hope my voice has returned by the recital so I can welcome everyone and give out awards.


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#1429955 - 05/05/10 09:56 AM Re: the benefits of laryngitis [Re: Crayola]  
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