I am such a happy girl. We have a nice guild judge. Piano guild auditions are like a final exam for piano lessons, and it's a judging event that happens nationally (actually internationally, now).
Don't get me wrong. I don't care about how strict they are with their comments or their grading.
No matter how badly (or goodly) they're playing, there's absolutely no reason not to be nice to them during the audition. If they're screwing everything up, a judge should put them at ease, smile, be nice. Sure, they can grade as tough as they want. That's cool, we can learn from that.
But we can't learn from a judge who stands up at one mistake, towers over a little girl, and points out a wrong fingering. (Which means little girl gets flustered and starts missing EVERY fingering, and then can barely play her pieces because she can't see through the tears.)
So I'm listening to one of my students through the walls, and I'm so very grateful this judge is nice. He's bringing out their best playing.
Last year's judge had all my best students CRYING. For some odd reason, all the girls. She was nice to the boys, but every single girl cried. Weird, that. And my students were pretty well-prepared!
I'm not fond of the crying technique when it comes to teaching. If it worked, cool.
But it doesn't.
Here's a questions: have you ever had a teacher or judge or critiquer make you cry? How did it work? Did it motivate you? Did it stop you?