During graduate school, I studied with a number of horn professors, each of whom had their own style of performing and teaching. Some were very positive and nurturing and others were rather demanding (and loud). Certainly the kinder, gentler teachers were less frightening, but did they actually push me hard enough to be my best. Without the luxury of having contrasting and complementary experiences, I would not be the person/performer/teacher I am today.
my own style of teaching, I try to blend the best of my experiences and
cater to the needs of each child. One of my goals is to provide each
student with the necessary tools to measure his/her own progress and to
learn how to be self-nurturing and self-demanding at home. Each student
becomes his/her own teacher.
think that life teaches us lessons and, although it may be uncomfortable
or awkward at times, these lessons help to shape the way we function in
the world. When someone asks you how you are doing, really doing, what
types of things are the first ones which come to mind? Do you focus on
the positive or the negative initially? My gut reaction is often to
focus on what is “wrong” in a situation. It takes practice to focus on
the positive first.
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Lessons Learned in Music Help to Improve My Health