Secret diary of a violin teacher
April 4, 2007 at 2:26 AM
I try to be as positive and encouraging as I can when I give my students feedback, either orally or in writing. Sometimes that requires tact. At other times, I can give honest praise, but that requires tact, too. What do I really think? Here are a few excerpts from my private notes on my students. They cover a broad range of feelings.
- He didn’t practice much this week, and it really shows. He sounds horrible.
- Her intonation is terrible today, much worse than usual. She recognizes it and says it’s because she didn’t have her usual cup of coffee this morning.
- I asked the kid where his violin cover is, and he said, “On the living room floor.”
- She forgot to bring her Suzuki book and argued with her mother about whose fault it was.
- She is so talented and learns so quickly.
- I’m tired of hearing about what an important person he is at work.
- He is a good student – industrious, goal directed, and adventurous. Best of all, he really enjoys learning.
- Her mother is so positive and full of praise. I wish my mother had been like that.
- Brat!!! If he were my kid, I would have sent him to bed without dinner, no reprieve.
- I’m so sad that he is moving away and this was his last lesson. I’ll really miss him.