What makes a successful music teacher? I have observed and listened to many very successful teachers over the years. I am so fortunate to personally know many outstanding teachers, and I have learned from them. These are teachers of all ages who have studios full of students, including beginners and long-time advanced high school students. Here is what I discovered:
- They have goals.
- They are flexible, but not door-mats.
- They don’t rigidly follow method books.
- They don’t complain and they don’t make excuses.
- They are willing to learn more and keep up to date.
- They love their work and they do more than just teach.
Teaching music is hard. There are so many factors that we as teachers cannot control. Music is enjoyable, yet it is hard to learn to read and it is hard to learn the coordination involved in playing an instrument. We teach because we love it and we want to share our love of music. It’s also how we make our living. This is a lot to balance and it is understandable that we get frustrated at times. However, we stay positive and carry on! I hope everyone reading this has a great teaching year!