Ask the Teacher - Arik Braude
The violin teacher explains how he uses masterclasses to help his students fi ght performance nerves
How do you select students for your studio?
We choose students who are clearly engaged in the music and who have a nucleus of musical sparkle that can be ignited. We are less concerned with technical level at the time of the audition, since it is our responsibility to help students build their technique. If I think a student is nervous in the audition and not playing at their best, I will try to engage them musically by accompanying on the piano – this usually helps them to relax and gives me a better picture of their potential.
What atmosphere do you aim for during lessons?
The students and I share a common goal, which is the development of their potential to the fullest extent. I aim for a cordial but intense and purposeful teaching atmosphere.