It’s all right for the teacher to gloat, right? Because I’m nine kinds of proud at the moment.
I haven’t had a lot of piano students compete in the past. This is not because of any huge perceived deficiencies on my part; it’s just that teaching to the competitions has not been my focus, and there are plenty of teachers around here that specialize in that. So having a student compete, let alone do well, is just not something I experience all that often.
However! On her own initiative, one of my advanced students decided to enter a fine arts competition. She picked the piece. We polished it up, and – lo and behold, she took first place at Regionals and got an invitation to go to Nationals.
She picked another piece, and we worked (well, she slaved. I just sat there and made suggestions, and snarked) on it for months… and off she went to Nationals.
Although I’ve been around competitions for decades, (I actually ran the Eastside Piano Scholarship competition for years, even though I didn’t enter students in it), I didn’t know much about this one. She’d never been to this one, either, so we didn’t really know if there was anything specific to prepare for.
Well – she went, and played, and got called back for the second round, played again… and took FIFTH PLACE out of over 120 competitors, who were all finalists from other regional competitions around the country!!
I am proud! I am thrilled! Ecstatic doesn’t even cover it.
I am SO looking forward to see what this girl’s going to do with her gift.
If you’d like to see her final round performance… click here.
Way to go, Rachel!