Making Transitions Smooth and Enjoyable
We've all been there. Confused, excited, thankful and frustrated. On the one hand, we're fortunate enough to work with a new student who has had a teacher (or teachers) before. You see the potential in the student, you see that they love making music, but more or less you're not really sure where to even start because while you are grateful for the new learner in your presence, you have a lot of things that you want to "fix" but still keep their interest up and not quite sure where to begin.
I've recently had quite a few transfer students. As the owner of the Centre for Musical Minds, when a long-term faculty member departs, or special circumstances arise, I take on the role of stabilizer. 2019 was a huge transition year for us at CMM and i've been stabilizing more than I would really like, but simultaneously I am SO thankful because we have a lot of amazing students! Really cool young people and wonderful young artists that really care about making beautiful music, with phenomenal support systems. With transfer students, you have to pick what's most important. It's important to prioritize their love and increase their level of interest, over technical prowess or rhythmic perfection. Basically, my best advice is to get comfortable with letting some things go while you train your student how to approach the instrument with a new way of thinking and style. That said, here is my best advice to keep transfer students moving forward with joy.
What do you think are the most important aspects of teaching and especially, working with transfer students?
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