I’ve noticed for the last year that enrollment in my studio has been markedly down, and I'd mostly chalked it up to the economy. But recently I learned that the newer music teachers in our local schools are actually discouraging kids from taking private lessons! The rationale is that they only want them to learn what they're teaching in class so that they can all "be the same."
This is a new batch of teachers as all the ones who used to refer students to me have retired. I'm wondering whether this is something unique to my local school system or whether this is a growing trend throughout our school orchestras. Has anyone else heard of this where you are? I find it repugnant, not simply because it hurts private studios but because it is actively teaching kids not to excel in music. Thoughts, anyone?
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.