Finding Songs for Students

This is the time of year where Ellie and I are finding recital songs for our students.  I have such a fun time with this!  It is neat to share music with students that they have not heard before and see them get interested in it and excited about playing it. 

When selecting a recital piece I tell students to make sure that they like the song enough to work on it for 3-4 months without getting sick of it.  So it must have a rating of "10." 

Some students I have are "tough customers" where only a very select few songs will ever reach a rating of "10."  They are the most fun to find songs before because I have to figure out the mystery of what song they like.  Other students have the opposite problem where they want to play every song!  Then we have to find other strategies for narrowing down their options - like process of elimination through a "play-off," or making sure they like every single part of the song and not just the first section. 

By the end of this week all my students should have a pretty good idea of what they are going to play.  Then over the Holiday break I have to arrange, arrange, arrange and track down music for my students.  Another fun task that I really enjoy!

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