“Every wrong note you play will add 10 minutes to your practice time,” my father once told me. I was 7, living in China and working on a Mozart sonata. I didn’t finish my practice until midnight. Many nights like this followed.
“Do you like video games?” I asked my student Jack of my iSchool studio. “Yes!” he said. He was 7. “Every wrong note you play is like losing a life in a video game. Watch out!”, I exclaimed. He played a wrong note. I pretended I died, like a character in a video game falling from the sky. Jack said, “Try again, try again!” 20 minutes later at end of the lesson, he walked out of practice and excitedly told his mom with a smile, “I beat the game!”
From my father, I learned how to pursue perfection. By listening to my students, I hope to help my students reach that perfection.
Striving for perfection has always been the goal of iSchool teachers. However, it’s the journey, not the destination, that brings confidence, joy, and the ultimate realization: I can do it! I want to see the smile on Jack’s face appear on your child. Join us on that journey.