a Percussion Discussion

what makes a great music teacher?

  1. makes learning fun… and what other topic is more important?
  2. patience, patience, patience… what can I say after that?
  3. being a parent… having a child gives you a complete perspective on what you can expect of a student
  4. having formal training… you wouldn’t hire a math or english tutor that taught himself would you?
  5. having a flexible teaching system that adapts to different brains… there is 360 degrees in a circle thus there is at least 360 ways to view any topic
  6. experienced performer… seen it, bought it, sold it. A player that has played many gigs knows what works and what doesn’t
  7.  experienced private teacher… the more years the better. Working with many students with the same thematic material helps future students
  8. experienced recording artist… having a sound that can be put under a microscope confirms techniqical know how
  9. experienced sectional conductor… understanding how to blend your section with the band
  10. an expert in the genres that the student wants to learn… like studying French in France, you must find someone that is fluent in the style you wish to learn
  11. teaches the student the proper way to practice… can’t just send a student home without a clue on how to get work done on their own
  12. conducting experience… working on both sides of the baton gives a unique teaching perspective
  13. teaches technique, theory and music… balanced diet grows you to your potential
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