Think about it. What about teaching is a joy to you? Here is my little list I have compiled from my experience:
- receiving cute thank-you cards from my students (aren't those the best??)
- having a parent tell me their child has progressed so much with me
- working on a challenging piece with an advanced or adult student, and helping them to really make music
- when my students come to lessons with their practice card all filled up - they practiced every day - seriously, who can't love that?
- when you realize your students look up to you, or they laugh at your jokes and think you're funny
- when a student reaches a level where they can play really fun pieces
- seeing that boost of confidence in a student when they have learned a piece well or achieved a goal
- helping my students to LOVE music & the piano
- feeling so energized and excited after teaching a great lesson
- when that one teenage boy is ten minutes late AGAIN and didn't practice yet AGAIN (even though you know he really has talent!)
- when, despite your many efforts, a teenage student arrives to lesson with attitude AGAIN, and acts like she hates you (and I thought I was likeable...)
- when the student doesn't even want to be there
- when an overbearing parent tries to veto your assignments you've given the student (for no good reason) (yes this has happened)
- when you send an oversensitive little student home in tears (after the nicest possible critique)
- not being paid by the parents, and needing to physically go knock on their door for the money (that is a whole post in and of itself!)
- waiting for no-shows (which I am doing at this very moment...)
That is our hope with this blog - that by sharing insights, experiences and ideas, we will all be able to become better teachers for our students, that we will be able to bring the JOY back into teaching piano.
What makes teaching a joy for you? Any great stories to add to the lists above (I'd seriously love to hear them)? What do you think we can do to achieve more joy in our teaching? I'd love to hear from you!