What we can learn from peering into teachers’ pet pieces?
While compiling the list of repertoire recommended by our master teachers as their favorites to teach, I noticed several intriguing trends. Many teachers approached sharing their favorites from the perspective of guiding their students on a journey through their technical and musical development. Some listed their choices in a linear curriculum, expressly pointing out how one piece prepares students for the next. All of the teachers commented time and again about building technique, challenging one’s limits, the ability to express oneself at the instrument, and finding the music beautiful or rewarding to play.