This is a bit of a touchy subject, but it is important IMO. Most teachers have student recitals periodically. If you listen to student recitals with two different teachers, and teacher A students are far better than teacher B, does that necessarily mean that teacher A is a better teacher? Obviously, there are many factors at play here, including the degree of talent in the student pool, but each teacher will focus on different aspects of technique and musicianship. Do those factors have a big influence on the outcome of the students?
One of the things that struck me many years ago when I attended the student recital of my old teacher (former Peabody professor Young Ku Ahn) was the power of his students, even the beginners playing twinkle. They all had big clear tones. When I first started studying with him in high school, I was already pretty proficient, but he had me playing open strings for the first 5 weeks. No doubt, his other students had the same training and hence they all possessed the ability to draw a full sound out of their instruments.
So the question is, can you judge a teacher by their students?
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