3 reasons why every music student should play the easy student concertos

Violin students generally take up a concerto with the idea of improving their instrumental technical skills. However, observing students that play the easy concertos I realized that apart from developing their technical skills they get to understand that a music piece is a very organized structure. Melodies have the same number of bars, the first theme is repeated at the end of a movement etc. We can identify 3 important reasons why playing the easy concertos is good for the beginner musician.

Phrasing

Rieding, Küchler, Portnoff, Accolay and others had the talent to compose a beautiful, perfect melody. When studying the concertos, the student is introduced to a 'phrase'. They learn how to play the phrase 'in one breath', where to take a 'breath' and how to play when the phrase comes to an end. 

Music form

All student concertos are written in the traditional music forms, whether it is a sonata form, Rondo or just  a simple A B A form. Playing the easy concertos is a great way to introduce the student to the variety of music forms.

Self-confidence

The word 'concerto' does sound serious. When I give my student his/her first concerto, the immediate question I get is: 'Really, I can play a concerto? Am I that good already?' Yes, the many reasons practicing the easy concertos benefit the young musician are the ones that when mastered boost the players self-confidence. Mastering a music piece of 7-8 minutes demands a higher set of technical and musical skills. The student knows he/she has  accomplished something that not everybody can.

What is your next easy concerto?

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