Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Why I Love Teaching

  1. I feel lucky to be able to make a living through music. Not everyone gets to follow their passion in life, but here I am!
  2. I love my students. They are interesting people with a variety of backgrounds and musical interests.
  3. My guitar students inspire me. How many adults purposely put themselves in the position of trying to do something they can't do? Yet that's what my guitar students do every week.
  4. I learn as much or more from teaching as my students do. Explaining how to do something to another person helps me understand how to do it better.
  5. I like figuring out how another person's mind works. When I can get inside a student's thinking process, I'm able to explain things more clearly, and they understand more.
  6. I love seeing the light go on in someone else's head when they begin to "get it."
  7. My students help me become a better musician. Some of them are darned good! And fast! And I have to prepare new material to keep them busy.
  8. It's fulfilling to help other people reach their creative goals. Nothing can make me "kvell" like seeing one of my students singing and playing a song that we've worked on together in lessons.
  9. My students expose me to music I would never hear otherwise.
  10. Teaching has made me aware of how much I know, and at the same time, how much I don't know. I've learned that I don't have to have all the answers, but if I can create a climate that encourages creativity, exploration, and musicality, I feel like I've succeeded.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

"Teaching has made me aware of how much I know, and at the same time, how much I don't know."

Well put!

Enjoying your blog very much--

Rob

March 12, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Eve Goldberg said...

Thanks Rob!

March 12, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a AWESOME teacher.
Thank you for sharing your talent

May 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM  

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