night, I had some trouble (some a cause of playing my teacher's
keyboard, which has a less stiff action than mine). I decided to work
on the piece for one more week.
My teacher seemed pleased that I decided to continue to work on the
piece. She gave me the option of moving on to a new piece (probably
Ellmenreich's "Spinning Song"), but I declined. We got into a
discussion of how many of her students have tried to rush through
pieces and wind up unprepared when they have to tackle a really
challenging piece. She wants to try to get them to slow down and
really focus on polishing pieces, but they (or their parents) want to
see faster progress onto more difficult pieces. One of her
observations is that having been born in Russia, she had a different
kind of education in which it was very important that things be
carefully learned. She thinks in the US, people get rushed too
quickly (or are under pressure to be rushed).