I have a strong memory from childhood of being taught that ‘giving up’ was a bad thing to do. The message I received was that once I committed to something, I should see it through… whether I liked it or not. It was ‘character building’ to stick at it (apparently) and conversely, showed an undesirable … More Stick or twist?
If you read my reflective post of 1st January 2017, you would have read that there were some challenges which I had intended to do in 2016 which, for various reasons, just didn’t happen. And you would also have read that I planned to make sure that those got done in 2017… So, here goes … More The ones that got away… #1 Record a CD of flute music
Just last week I had an email from the Associated Board for the Royal Schools of Music, apologising for the delayed issue of Diploma results from the winter session. So, when I opened the mailbox this morning to find inside a large envelope from the same people, I was a little taken aback! In fact, … More 45. Sit my DipABRSM – part 2
I have taught the flute on and off since I was 16, and since settling back in Cardiff with my family I have had a busy and regular private practice of flute pupils. I have prepared pupils for exams from the Prep Test for (absolute beginners) to Grade 8 and helped my pupils to gain results often in excess … More 45. Sit my DipABRSM
Before I even get into the details of this challenge, I have a confession to make… What I actually wrote on my list of 50 things was ‘Perfect a new Ian Clarke piece’. Perfect. Verb – make (something) completely free from faults or defects; make as good as possible. I hope you’re not going to hold … More 44. Learn a new Ian Clarke piece
The results are in! I’d like to say I’m delighted to report that I got a Distinction. In truth, if I hadn’t I think I’d have quit the day job… And frankly, I’m a *little* disappointed with my marks…. Here goes: List A – Telemann – comments included ‘acute awareness of style’; ‘eloquent rendition’; ‘lines … More 6. Grade 7 flute – part 2
Part 1 Why, oh why, oh why? Actually, pretty much everyone has asked my why I decided to do this one… So, here are my answers: When I did my flute grades as a kid, there was no Grade 7. It went 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. So I decided to ‘fill in the gap’. … More 6. Grade 7 flute – part 1