Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Stand There and Take It
On President's Day she had a rehearsal with her accompanist for an upcoming recital. Her teacher is a brilliant violinist. The pianist was spectacular. And Bethany is pretty darn good for a 15 year old girl, but nowhere near their levels.
She got out her violin and started to put her concerto together with the pianist. It was a bit of a train wreck right at first. But there she stayed. They told her what she was doing wrong-- "you're coming in too early", "you're flat in that part", "you need to move your body more", etc.
Two grown men, both professional musicians listening to hear her do something they could correct.
And she just stood there and took it.
And that is why she is continuing to improve.
When I asked her about it afterwards, she said, "What else would you do? They know more than I do, so I have to listen to them and do what they say".
I'm thinking I could take a page out of her book.
Here is the video of her recital. She wasn't particularly pleased with this performance, but we were very proud of her and especially pleased with her attitude and progress.