You can’t unbake a cake

Pianists on our coaching weeks sometimes feel they must bring works ‘performance-ready’. Perhaps they think it too embarrassing to play a half-learned piece, or sometimes they want a dress rehearsal for an exam or concert..

Dress rehearsals are indeed a good idea, but remember you’ll get most out of your week with us when you come knowing the notes (more or less) but with still a lot of refining 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 professor I know likes to comment, “You can’t unbake a cake”.

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