It always surprises me. I forget that people are actually listening to me. More than that, they are relying on me to give them effective tools (for singing and life, I hope). It’s a constant reminder that what we say and don’t say is of such huge importance.
There are so many gifts that teaching gives, and as we all know, we the teachers are the ones who often learn the most.
I’m reminded of this when I go to my own singing lessons (or tennis lessons…it’s all related); inevitably, the things I focus on in my clients are the very things that need the most attention in me. It’s humbling as I return to my own teaching studio seeing how far I myself have to go as an artist.
And rather than hide my own frustrations and difficulties (I am the one who is supposed to know everything, right?), I find that when I share that part of the journey with my clients, they embrace their own frustration and overwhelm, and they break through. [···]