Did you notice when you started teaching that explaining something to a student deepened your own understanding of music?
Or consciously made you think of it more?
By helping others to understand a musical concept we have to take ownership of it.
Rather than just doing it, we have to think about how to do it.
I was teaching a student the other day and she was struggling with tuning.
Each time she went out of tune, she asked me how to correct it.
I wasn’t going to be there to help when she was practising so the next lesson I devised a simple warm-up.
I said, be the teacher for a moment and when I play out of tune, tell me how to correct it.
I went on to play a series of mini phrases with a note out of tune in each of them.
My student first identified the note that was out of tune then told me how to correct it.
When we continued on to the piece she was learning I noticed she started to take charge of correcting her own tuning.
This type of simple exercise improved my student’s confidence with tuning, practice effectiveness and learning independence.
Giving her greater autonomy!
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