March Madness at SMS

By Broc Hite, Piano Instructor

Okay, this post is a little misleading, with the basketball reference in the title and the cover photo. But we also experience some frenzy at Shepherd Music School. Once this week concludes, which leads into spring break next week, we have just eight lessons left until the end of the semester. It’s the time that we instructors have to assess our students’ progress and decide what piece(s) might work well for our students to learn, then play, at the semester-ending recitals in May.

These recitals are typically a really fun experience for students, parents, and instructors alike. However, that’s not possible without a bit of anxiety for the instructors and increased practice time by the students. After the celebration, we go back to work again with our students, either during the short summer semester, or next fall.

We don’t have any brackets, but I can already tell you which of my students are in contention for most improvement or best recital performance. But, just like in sports, that’s why you play the game. You never know for sure what the final outcome will be until the buzzer sounds!


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