A teacher’s job neither starts nor ends in the studio. Preparation, brainstorming, caring, ideas, inspiration, creativity… these are only a few words to describe the immense responsibility we have outside of the studio. Have you ever found yourself writing a letter outside teaching hours to encourage a student who is struggling with their first Minuet or help a parent who needs advice on inspiring their child to practice, or researched the best local pianos for sale?
Take your job seriously in all respects. 🙂 I have discovered that when we, as teachers, enjoy what we do, our students have a sense of ownership, joy, and satisfaction in the accomplishments they have made at their instruments. You all are wonderful teachers! Keep pouring into your students and enjoy every moment and opportunity you have to make a difference in their lives through music.
- pray for my day’s list of students before entering the studio.
- look students in the eyes, let them know how glad I am to see them, and smile!… be cheerful
- give clear practice instructions, demand only the best and be patient when practice weeks don’t reach those expectations
Has a student ever had a difficult time mastering a piece? Have you ever been at a loss as to how to organize a lesson and point students in a forward position toward successful goals accomplished in their practice times. The following list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully be helpful to all of you as we strive to help our students develop a strong, well-rounded musical education. This list is based only on the practice of one piece. Theory, ear-training, sight-reading, application of duets, and much more are different subjects to be addressed at different times. 🙂 [···]