Participants at our masterclasses often feel they must bring works ‘performance-ready’. Sometimes they feel too embarrassed to play a half learned piece, or perhaps they want a dress rehearsal for some forthcoming exam or event.
True, dress rehearsals are always a good idea, the more the merrier. But remember, you’ll probably benefit most when you know the notes (more or less!) and there is still quite a bit of finishing to do. After all, the purpose of coming all the way to Montemuse is to learn something, not to show what you can do. If the piece is ‘fully prepared’ and something is not quite right, it will be VERY hard to undo a habit.
As a much respected professor I know likes to comment, “You can’t unbake a cake”.