Expose your students–and yourself–to as many styles of music as possible. If you are involved in a fixed curriculum, plan some times to step out of it and include something different.
Every style of playing music embraces players of top quality. Find them or recordings of them and let your students listen, and it’s of course educational for us as teachers as well. We need to set the example for students to be exposed to a variety of styles, whether readily available or not.
Nowadays media companies try to control what most people hear in order to sell lots of their own product. They know that people like what they hear the most. Classical music wasn’t elitist when Walt Disney used it for all his sound tracks.
Too often we are prejudiced against a whole type of music without really listening to it, or without listening to good practitioners of that style. For example, [···]