Getting to Know…Michelle Hutchinson

Over the next few weeks, we will be using our blog to give people the chance to ‘Get to Know…‘ some of the talented performers, teachers and volunteers involved in the Music Festival.

This week we’re getting to know…Michelle Hutchinson, a piano teacher from Aberdeen who’s students regularly participate in the Aberdeen & North East Music Festival.

Why do you enter students into the Aberdeen & North East Music Festival?

“I encourage my students to take part in the Festival because I think it provides a great performing experience for them which is hard to come by for young pianists. At school there are often choirs, concert bands and orchestras to join but, as the piano is generally a solo instrument, there are not the same opportunities.

“Performance is great for building musical confidence and self esteem and has always been an integral part of my approach to teaching the piano because of this. Although my students perform at regular times throughout the year to their families, the Aberdeen & North East Music Festival is great because it gives them the experience of playing to people they don’t know. Your family will always tell you your playing is great but when an adjudicator gives positive feedback, which they always do, it does wonders for the self-esteem!”

Michelle’s students also have a big part to play in the Music Festival and here’s what they had to say…

 “I like the Music Festival because it gives me a chance to learn new pieces and perform them and I get a sense of achievement, which makes me happy.”

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Kay is working hard practising her piece for the Music Festival. She is currently learning Gypsy Tango by Gerald Martin for the P46X Non-competitive Piano Solo Grades 1-2 category.



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