The assignment: Go to a music store, pick out a piece of music for the instrument that you play, some piano accompaniment music to go with, practice, and then play in front of the teacher for a grade.
Mr. C goes to the music store and starts thumbing through the music. No, too easy. Nope, not hard enough. No, too easy.
He finally found a piece of music he felt was at his level of playing. Mind you, this child has been playing the clarinet for two years........ two school years which means there are many months in the summer where it isn't played.......
The night of the due assignment. We sat in the hall outside of the band room, along with The Native's piano teacher who was so kind to accompany Mr. C, and listened in on some of the other students solo pieces.
The realization. Mr. C had picked a MUCH harder piece than anyone we'd yet to hear! Is this kid crazy?? He could have chosen a much easier piece, played it to perfection, and gotten an ace grade right?
That's not how Mr. C works. Mr. C chose a very hard piece, played it to perfection, and better get an ace grade (we're still waiting to hear back from his teacher). We all felt he did an ace grade job.