Funny thing about being a musician and not having time to practice. I have spent the last two weeks implementing new ideas for my teaching business. I am very excited to be able to more for my students than ever before. However, my practicing has taken a backseat to all of the other activities I am doing to implement the new ideas.
I think I have practiced a total of 2 hours over the past ten days.
Most people think that musicians spend a lot of time just playing music; well, not so much. As a performing musician, we would need to do a lot of promotion and planning of events and other logistics. As a teacher, we need to engage in all the same activities just with different types of customers with different needs.
Teaching and performing are often the part-time, fun jobs we do after the regular 9-5 of developing opportunities to play or teach.
I saw a quote recently: “It is not that the teacher teaches; it is that the student learns”
I thought about this for quite a while.
A survey that I created and sent to all of my current and former students a few weeks ago has given me some interesting feedback. I have always been under the impression that my perception of our lesson time is likely to be different in some ways compared to the student’s experience. I created the survey to learn some of these differences and which were most prevalent.
Question: “What could your teacher do better?”
Survey Said: “Push me harder.” This was the #1 answer.
If one plays music as a hobby, as most people do, I am not quite sure how much pressure I should apply to students. I think it is best if students find their own true motivation. Perhaps I need to create ‘mirrors’ for each student to view their progress.
I do have one idea brewing that may stimulate motivation for most students.
I have would like to make videos of each lesson for each student. I can make each video viewable on YouTube by only me and the student in it. Of course, students may forward the links of their videos to anyone they wish.
Are there any volunteers to test some sessions?
Until next time…
I had a eureka moment recently regarding my study of improvisation. I discovered that I spend entirely too much time making myself technically capable of playing certain concepts, but nowhere near enough time playing these concepts musically.
I have always heard that we should strive to play musically when learning new concepts; I just took it to mean that we would be musical eventually. Well, I was wrong to think that this would happen naturally. I now realize that I must make a conscious effort to be musical very early in my study of a new concept.
What has happened in your lessons that really ‘Flicks the Switch’ in your mind and makes something easier that you ever thought possible?