I never take more than 2 HSC students at the same time. Not only there is a lot of technical and musical components to deal with, there is also a lot of emotional and confidence issues that needs constant reinforcement and reassurance.
2021 is probably the year I will have with 4 HSC Music students. These kids all have been with me since young, I am anticipating the full on musical mother year to send these kids on their HSC journey.
Every Sep I notice HSC kids anxiety and stress level is going up to the roof. I was teaching Millie this yesterday called Butterfly Hug Technique-reduce Emotional stress and lower heart rate.
Butterfly Hug technique:
You wrap your arms around yourself so that each hand touches the opposite upper arm or shoulder . Then you move your hands like the wings of a butterfly to tap your arms/shoulders in an alternating rhythm . Breathing in at the same time, do it as long as you feel you need.
It’s an immediate stress reducing technique and something you can do now to decrease anxiety.
I do this if I have trouble sleeping, before getting on stage or just anytime you feel stress or anxious.
This is the technique that you once learn, you will go back to it for the rest of your life.