September 5, 2009 at 3:56 AM
Little Jessica, six years old, is in her lesson today, learning "Two Grenadiers." She pauses in silence, letting her violin droop for a few moments as her eyes lose focus. "Listen to Miss Ruth," her mother reminds her gently.
Jessica gives a tiny sigh and says quietly, "I was listening to the music in my heart."
This is such a sweet comment from the girl! She must be a great student to teach :) We should all listen to the music in our heart more.
Ah... so sweet!!!!
What a great insight your little student has! Did she learn this from you?
Pauline - I wish I could say she learned this from me. ;) However, all I've done is tried to give her an environment where she can listen to the music in her heart. She's an incredibly intelligent and gifted young girl, and comes from a family with very high standards. My only fear with her is that she might become burned out if her creativity is stifled by strict expectations. I actually had a real heart-to-heart talk with her last week about music and life in general, which I'd like to write about in another blog soon. It was eye-opening to have a conversation with a six-year-old that was deeper than most adult interactions ever are.
I will be looking forward to it, Ruth.
As I look at my first little gradaughter I wonder what she will respond to. I have her parents blessings if i want to give her dancing, music, or art lessons--they are ok with it but I wonder what this introduction to the arts will mean for her.
I love conversations with students. It's one of the big reasons I stay focused on teaching. Conversation in general I think is such an important part of life linking us to each other and to the universe. Sometimes I think we are in such a rush to do do do and rush around making a living we miss out on those quiet admissions such as your little Jessica listening to the music in her heart...I look forward to your next blog. And thanks for posting to this site to share this!
Ruth - being able to create the right environment for students like her is an enormous gift for a teacher to have. Keep up the good work!
I agree with Tom. It's a wonderful thing you are doing for this sweet little girl.
Ruth- From your coments, it sounds to me like you are quite a gifted teacher! Not only are you concerned about instruction, but environment and you pick up on your student! From the advice given so far, and especialy since I'm not a teacher & just a student, there is nothing else I can add. Keep up the good work!
Omigosh, how CUTE! And wonderful.
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