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From my book, 'One Step at a Time'

Jennie Lou Klim

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Published: November 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM [UTC]

A tremendous challenge and responsibility is placed upon the shoulders of the teacher. The students will imitate the teacher’s playing, and sense the attitude and enthusiasm of the teacher. The spark of musical potential will come alive under the guidance of each teacher.

Teaching music is so much more than introducing the notes and rhythms on the page. The study of music requires the development of self-discipline; involves the study of math and logic; developing artistic expression; learning communication skills through sound; and discovering a way of going within and speaking from the heart.

Students thrive in an environment of love and caring where they find peace and total acceptance. They need to have a haven where they feel special. The teacher may not be aware of the difficulties which the student encountered during the day, at school or at home. There were numerous times when it was obvious that a student had been crying on route to the lesson. It isn’t important to know why, but it is necessary to help them change their focus. It takes creativity to find a reason for the student to smile.

Always remain a student in the process of learning how to teach. I believe that teachers, who strive to be the best they can be, are wise to study other teachers and become familiar with other methods. There is no one method that is the perfect method, however much can be gained by studying and borrowing the best from many noted pedagogues. I am grateful for several excellent teachers who influenced my playing, teaching, and understanding of music.

From Gregory Lawrence
Posted on November 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM
well said... Greg in San Diego

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