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Is competition in music festival totally rejected ?

Discussion in 'Music' started by David H, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Many thanks to all of you who made time to reply - lots of good ideas, opinions and leads to follow up.
    A couple of letters appeared in the local press (one from a piano teacher, one from a parent) both of whom said how helpful and encouraging the festival had been, and excellent preparation for the ABRSM exams,so we are sure we're offering an opportunity to perform in public and get valuable feedback from experiences and sympathetic teacher/adjudicators.
    That sort of (unsolicited) publicity is really worthwhile - and does get noticed.
    There may well be elements of the Music for Youth festivals which we can adopt/adapt - I'll find out more about them.
    Once again, thanks for sharing your experience.
    David
     
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Here we are, in the run-up to the Olympics in which elite athletes are encouraged and specially funded, and yet the term "elitism" in other parts of education is still used in a derogatory sense by some of the PC brigade.
    At the vital lower end of the pyramid, the secret is (as you say) "sympathetic" adjudicators. I've met many who can still find something positive to say about even a dire performance, while at the same time giving useful advice on how to improve.
     

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