How to Teach Music
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February 10, 2017
Three students playing out of tune will require three different ways to explain the fix; because each one of them has grown individually. They learned in different ways. Their unique path brought them to the same place (if they are playing the same concerto or having the same intonation issues) through different kinds of challenges. They survived using different techniques, different time schedules and using their own individual abilities—which are drastically different from one another. Teaching is like an experiment. You try and see the effects, if it’s not what you want, you try something else. YOU CAN’T TIRE! After a couple of hours of teaching you WILL be tired; it cannot be reflected in your teaching. These students put their trust in you. They believe you can help them achieve their musical goals. And after 4 hours of teaching, you still have to stay strong and identify the problem to find a smart solution—a unique one, for her. The environment you create through a positive attitude and your commitment will be reflected in the success of the lesson. You are allowed to be grouchy once a year, for human purposes, but that’s it. It’s a lot of work, but you create artists, what a better way to live life? One other thing, everything you teach will help you remind yourself of the little details required for an excellent performance. You’ll stay in the game. Teaching music is a big responsibility, it’s not an extra income opportunity. Take it seriously and you will grow as a person and as a musician.