I've posted this elsewhere; forgive me if you've seen it already:
I was wondering, as a teacher, do you teach, holding the violin/viola or do you just sit and observe and comment? I'm thinking that most of my beginning music teachers (aside from orchestra directors) did hold the instrument, play along with me and demonstrate. But then as I got more advanced, the teachers just sat and observed and commented. They rarely demonstrated, mostly not at all in university.
Also, since teachers have also invariably been students, what do you recall about your own teachers, in regard to whether they demonstrated, or just sat and observed/commented?
Additionally, for piano teachers, do you have a second piano or keyboard in your teaching studio?
So far, the distinction has been drawn between so-called "Art Music" teaching and fiddle teaching; since fiddle is an aural tradition, the teacher will use the instrument.
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