I love to tell stories, use metaphors, or make analogies in rehearsals. I’ve always felt it was a great way to connect with students, to describe an image of something we’re trying to create musically, to emotionally connect all of us with the music we are performing, to allow them a glimpse into my thinking, and to lessen frustration when it builds up. I think we all do those things in our own way. It is an important part of how we teach. But why does it work? Because those words are a wonderful way to use something our students know – something they can easily relate to – to inform them about something they don’t know. It’s really as simple and profoundly powerful as that. So let me tell you a story…
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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