You’ve heard of having a song stuck in your head, but this takes things to a cruel new level.
I currently have three students all working on the same piece. It’s not the fact of hearing the piece over and over again that plagues me — I’m used to that. The problem lies in measures 15 and 23, where Evil C-sharp and Sinister B-flat lie in wait for my poor, unsuspecting students. If the C-sharp doesn’t get them, the B-flat most certainly will.
We discuss the section. We analyze the section. We practice the section. But I still hold my breath and just hope with everything in me that they conquer it so I can pass them.
It’s tedious enough having a song stuck in your head, but to have the mistakes stuck in there as well…
So I’m left at the end of the day, cautiously replaying the song over in my head, nervously waiting (anxiety rising…) as the measures approach, wondering, “Will I get it right?”