We had such a great turn out for the studio's 2013 Fall Gala! The performance/workshop, entitled "The Pianist's Retreat", featured student performances, narratives, and a power point presentation on ways to develop effective practice techniques.
There is a wonderful quote by the great string teacher, Suzuki, reminding us that "we should only practice on the days that we eat." Students always giggle when I share this, however, Suzuki is right! Practicing IS a part of every musician's life, just like eating breakfast or brushing our teeth.
The noun "retreat" means a place you can go to be alone ... to get away from it all. A retreat might simply be a cozy spot under a shady tree to "retreat" from the sun, or perhaps a room in the house where you can "retreat" from other family members.
Many pianists forget that the piano practice room can provide a very special type of retreat from all the pressures and problems one might be facing in everyday life. It is a special time alone at the instrument --- a time all to yourself --- and it's one of the greatest benefits of being a musician. It is a chance for us to pour ourselves into our music and "de-stress" from everyday life.