“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” This is one of my favorite quotes about teaching. Teaching is the most meaningful way for me to learn. I enjoy teaching my students, not only by telling them what the facts are, but also inspiring them.
As being a student and a teacher at the same time helps me understand how is the feeling of being a student: we always wish that class were fulfilling and fun. Thus, I always like to interact with my students and make the lesson more interesting, fun and engaging. The atmosphere of the class should be fun, relaxed and attentive, rather than strict and boring.
I believe that every student is unique. That is why I use different method to correspond to their reactions and progress. I think that it doesn’t is not a matter how much a student learns, but it matters how much a student loves what they are learning. Therefore, I love to teach in a flexible manner, so I can adjust depending on the response from a student. Moreover, each student may have different backgrounds and abilities when it comes to music, and I hope that I can develop their strengths and improve their weaknesses. I recognize teaching different ages of students require different methods. For example, to my 3-years-old kids, the violins in their hands are just like tiny toys. I have to be very patient in order to let them to feel comfortable and safe. When they make mistakes, I should give suggestions rather than say they are wrong. Also, I find out that it is very difficult for them to understand abstract music concepts, so I describe to them in a way that they can understand. For example, “staccato”, a form of musical articulation, means unconnected and detached (“Staccato”, NP). I will explain it to them as the sound of a little bunny hopping around. That way, they can easily understand and find it interesting to learn new things. Teaching the older age groups students should be different with the way of children. Positive feedback, constructive criticism and encouragements should be given to them. Even though the students are older than me, I will make sure that they feel comfortable.
In addition, I recommend self-practicing. For those young children, I would like their parents to practice with them since they are too young to have self-discipline. For older students, I always ask what their favorite songs are, so I can teach them to play their favorite song on violin, which is fun and easier to learn since they know the melody already. Most of all, I want them to know that learning music is fun!
Being a teacher not only allows me to teach others, but also allows me to be responsible, creative, challenged and inspired. It is a great opportunity to enhance and expand other life skills: good communication, patience, confidence, and joy.
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