Are We Drowning in Competitions?

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One of the most important parts of the development process of a person who receives instrument training professionally is the goals set before him. In our examination-based education system, diversifying these goals for our students is very important in terms of gaining professional experience, broadening their vision and learning to cope with the negativities they will experience on the stage. Due to the nature of our work, in an environment where we are even in competition with ourselves, in order to achieve better every day, to carry this race to a platform where others also participate, our students' achievements in the preparation process, confronting their current level, discovering their shortcomings and conveniences, receiving comments from other eyes other than their teachers, It is an opportunity that cannot be ignored for their development.

Instrument performance competitions are important platforms for our talented children to be discovered at a young age, and also create a space for motivation to work. In addition to all these, it is a field that requires strategic planning for educators who will put their students in the competition. At what age and in which group do students have more chances? Which competition would it be better for him to go to with the works he stole? Would your group have more chances in the older age category? I wonder if he could wait a year and be in the junior age category of an upper group? Which of his works should he always keep for competitions? Will the artifacts deteriorate in this process? Will the selected works be suitable for more than one competition? In addition to the never-ending legitimate questions, there is also the expectation of our precious families. Do we think enough about the psychology of our children? Are we aware of the pressure on them? Do they want to be so involved in today's highly fertile competition environment? Or do they have to adapt to the situation they are in? Not to mention, there are many question marks, with the degrees of gain starting to decrease as the ages get older and expectations increase. Are we drowning in competitions?            

For the 8-15 age group, which I think constitutes a very important process in terms of technical and musical infrastructure, it is very important that a free planning is made by the educator for professional gains and that this planning is not interrupted. Contests are considered as a part of the big picture, they will be much more efficient if they are not seen as a goal but as a tool to be used at the right time for new achievements, motivation and self-confidence on the way to go. In this case, it is very important for us, the educators, to open up space for our children and to put the competitions into action at the right time and with the right planning, without disrupting their knowledge storage and learning processes. Sometimes studying an extra study, a romantic piece, can be more valuable than a 8st place at age 9 or 1. It is one of our greatest duties to convey and explain this achievement to our students and their families, who will only be able to understand it in time.

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