sure, it’s best if you remember your music books - but these are even more important!
ONE 💥 YOUR WHOLE SELF.
nothing makes students more likely to learn than when you're able to be your whole self in lessons.
you don’t need to pretend to like music that you don’t, pretend to understand something that’s confusing you or tell your teacher that your day was good if it wasn’t.
bringing your whole self to your lesson makes us better teachers, your lessons more dynamic and helps you enjoy the learning process a whole lot more.
TWO 💥 YOUR CURIOSITY.
younger students are generally best at this, asking every question under the sun about anything they see in the studio. I love it!
generally, this curiosity tends to wane as students get older and more focused on the “purpose” of their lesson - but keeping curious about what you're learning or small, new details in the musicality of your repertoire opens the door for some real breakthroughs.
THREE 💥 YOUR PATIENCE.
building your musical skill set takes time and a lot of repetition. students who are willing to take a deep breath and try again - another five, six, seven times, are inevitably going to make more progress.
a willingness to break down your mistakes and practice the difficult parts more frequently than those that are already fun to play is a bonus, too.
FOUR 💥 YOUR AUTONOMY.
please don't hesitate to choose your own repertoire, your own genres, your own resources or your own musical path.
good teachers can always provide guidance, of course - or a whole course pre-prepared for you if that's where you're at. that's fine too and it's part of our job, but bringing autonomy to what you're working on, especially for older students, is more fun and motivating for everyone.