Every year during district and region audition season, I second-guess myself as a teacher. It's rather comical that the cycle is so predictable, yet it never seems to lose momentum. The pattern goes something like this:
1. I coach etudes ad nauseam
2. I preach the importance of slow, methodical practice
3. I meticulously scrutinize minutia so students can hear at a deeper level
4. I host a mock-audition to get kids used to the intense audition environment
5. My kids go off to their auditions
I'm rarely surprised at the results of auditions. (Most of the time, I can anticipate a student's trajectory within five minutes of their very first lesson.) I know which of my students get nervous and which ones thrive under the pressure of performance. I know their sweet little idiosyncrasies better than they do. And yet, though it is entirely out of my control and I do EVERYTHING in my power to prepare them (from making practice plans to writing specific weekly goals), I worry for them....