Lukas Gedvilas – finding the right place to study
How does one choose where to study? Many people go for a professor they already know and trust. They feel secure and they trust the process with this person. It’s not a bad criteria actually, even science tells us that the feeling of happiness sets the best mental state for learning. Lukas Gedvilas, a pianostudent at the Vilnius Academy of Music, Theater and Dance in Lithuania – who we introduced here in the last post – did the same thing. He wanted to continue with his professor from the preparatory school M.K. Čiurlionis art school , Aleksandra Zvirblyte – and felt lucky that she was teaching at the Academy as well. He liked the way she was teaching him about sound quality, something he feels is extremely important. Combined with the fact that she, “helps you to find your interpretation in music, and doesn’t just give her own point of view”, she was really the ideal teacher for a guy like Lukas, that likes to bring his own ideas to the class as well.
So, choosing a professor you know and trust have many benefits, as we mentioned above. Nevertheless it brings up some other questions. How long should you stay with one professor? Is there a chance you will miss out on some essentials? – or at least some important details? Can one teacher really do everything?
Initially these questions bothered Lukas so much that he was even doubting if it was the best thing for him to stay in his well-known surroundings. Should he continue where he left and would the routine of it all hurt his studies? Would he need a bigger change, to make the necessary step forward in his professional studies? In the end, all these questions actually took so much space in his mind, that it was the questions themselves that led to a less than optimal studying-situation. But after a while Lukas made peace with it, realizing that he was the one in charge of his own destiny – it was up to him now to work hard, he shouldn’t just rely on the support of his surroundings as he could before entering at the Academy when everything was nicely organised, and he basically just had to show up prepared for the lessons. So actually, he got the big change that he was afraid to miss out on – just not in the form of a new city.
Now he’s addressing the issue of change in a different way. Although extremely happy studying with A. Zvirblyte, he will try to get some new perspectives through an exchange program. Coming from this Academy in Lithuania he’s in a really good position to find the right place for him, as the Academy is collaborating with more than 120 conservatories in 28 countries. (see list of the conservatories here)
You can always take masterclasses to widen your horizon, and they are a very important part of your studies, but being an exchange student (in Europe, more known as Erasmus student) can be an even bigger opportunity, as both professor and student have much more time to get to know each others way of thinking and communicating as well as each other’s sound ideal, musical values etc. We asked all the professors about their view on exchange programs, so check out any interview on www.pianoglobe.com to see what they had to say. Or watch this short compilation of the answers from the professors at Malaga Conservatory in Spain
We would love to hear from you, and your experiences as an exchange student – leave a comment on our facebookpage or mail us at info@pianoglobe and we will get in touch.