So this morning I came to a realisation. My current instrument teacher. He and I get on very well and he is very good and I have improved massively in the time since I have been with him (since around August last year). I realised this morning, however, that I don't get the same sense of "inspiredness" from him as I did from my previous teacher. The reason I changed teachers was budget and distance (current is closer and cheaper).
Does anyone have any suggestions?
As long as you keep on improving massively with this teacher, perhaps you can find enough other sources of inspiration elsewhere? YouTube, recordings, internet, etc? Sorry if this is simplistic.
"I don't get the same sense of "inspiredness" from him as I did from my previous teacher"
So I agree with Jean and Roger. No ... wait ... I
Go biweekly with the better teacher. The difference a more-inspiring teacher makes really can't be overstated.
You may not find the "perfect' teacher.
Since you're heading for conservatory at age 22, you should focus on technical skills as massively as possible. Repertoire is important too, but worthless without the necessary skills. And there's a whole life left for inspiration, and there shouldn't be just one main source of inspiration anyway, at no time in your career.
Maybe take some time to remember your goal with playing, why you’re playing and where you’d like to end up after your degree. That can help hugely with inspiration.
Some practise sessions are good. Others bad. Same as most people I guess
When practice sessions are going bad, stop beating your head against a wall and start working on something else so that you can end up feeling as if you've accomplished something worthwhile. Even if you end up playing review pieces that you conquered a year ago -- remind yourself how far you've come and feel good about that.
Does the personality, style, and overall comfort level of a teacher matter all that much? Absolutely. As an example, I was an English teacher for 37 years. For the last 12 years I worked in an International Baccalaureate program with a colleague who taught the same course. His personality was very different from mine. Some students clicked with him, while others clicked with me. Some liked how both of us taught, and a couple of students weren't satisfied with either of us. That happens. It doesn't mean anyone is "good" or "bad". It's chemistry. Regardless of the reason, if your teacher doesn't click with you, don't waste your time. Find a teacher who can fill that missing piece.
@Michael, he and I get on very well. I have a tendency to get on with everyone
What exactly is the issue with your current teacher, as compared to your previous one?
Every violin teacher I've had was a lovely person and knowledgeable about what they were teaching. Plus, we got along well and enjoyed each other's company. However, I'm not talking about getting along with each other. I'm simply talking about my level of excitement when I walked into the lessons, and my eagerness to do well for that individual. Two teachers didn't seem to move that spark inside of me, while the other two continue to make me want to push myself. For whatever reason, two clicked, and the other two didn't click. If I don't feel it, I don't wait for it to come. I go and get it somewhere else.
Inspiration is your job. Technical improvement is your teacher's focus. It sounds like your teacher was doing a good job. If the lesson time is short, the teacher will just not have enough time to talk about aesthetics and other subjective stuff.
I was thinking about this discussion in the context of my job teaching university chemistry. A teacher provides technical solutions and methods of practice to advance and secure fundamental knowledge and skills. That's the mechanical side, and it's very important. But the teacher should also help the student to learn how to think differently and to become more intellectually independent so that they can approach the
I'm confused - if there's been a lot of development as a result of working with this teacher, wouldn't you be MORE inspired because of such improvements in your playing?
Haven't you said you are aspiring to play professionally? If so, you should be highly self-motivated. What kind of inspiration are you looking for?
I think Paul nailed it correctly. I'd listen to what he wrote.
Jake, has the amount of perspiration you have got from your present teacher reached 99 times the amount of inspiration you got from your previous teacher. If not, you know whom you should carry on with - that's if you don't think Edison was too screwed by his screw to be taken at all seriously.
The lesson we glean from Edison is that the true value of one's inspiration is to push through the tedium. Edison only needed 1%. Your mileage may vary.
@Pamela, there is no issue other than just not feeling that inspired after each lesson together. @Andrew, yes. But motivation and inspiration are something I struggle with while aorking a full time grave yard shift. I think if I was at school/college, it would be different
"But motivation and inspiration are something I struggle with while working a full time grave yard shift."
I'm not sure how to describe. I guess its a sense of fulfillment during a lesson. Makes me feel like I can do what I put my mind to, supportive I guess
There's the rub: you are working graveyard shifts while doing intensive musical training. Are you similarly struggling with feeling the buoyancy of inspiration-motivation in other areas of your life as well?
Fulfilment can come from within, but I think a teacher could play a part too.
Teachers, and others, can certainly play a part; however we need to be fulfilled within ourselves enough in order to determine if a teacher is a good fit for our journey.
@Rosemary, that hadn't occured to me thanks for the thought ^_^
I think inspiration does make a difference. I had a teacher that seriously inspired me to practice by thoroughly raising the bar of expectations, assigning a ton of work, and being super clear about what he expected me to do. I found myself practicing four hours a day when I'd been a reluctant-and-unfocused 45-minutes kid, and he told me that I had better learn to get it done in two hours by being more efficient.