September 24, 2014

Finding a teacher can be a difficult process.  And here’s why:

There is no 1-1 correlation between playing and teaching.

Many successful players are also wonderful teachers.  They have spent the time figuring out how to do what they do and are able to explain it well.

There are plenty of successful players who will tell you that you should study with them because they “can do what you are  looking to do, so who better?”  This doesn’t always work out so well.  Just because someone is able to do something does not mean they are able to teach.

Then there are fabulous teachers who did not have a playing career.  They are able to help you grow both technically and musically because they have devoted their life to teaching.

And the most difficult, the bad player and bad teacher.  This seems obvious.  Not able to have a performing career can drive one to teaching, but without an understanding of either creates a failure at both.

So how do you find a great teacher?  Good question.  

If you are young and inexperienced, ask someone you trust.  This could be your band director.  It could be an older student who is playing well.

If you are older and have some experience, go and take a lesson from someone.  With some idea of what you are looking for in a teacher, you can get an idea of how a prospective teacher and you will work by spending one-on-one time with them.

Okay, I’ve found a teacher.  Now what?

Once you’ve found a teacher, listen to them!  If you’re paying this person to help you grow, make sure you’re doing what they say.

Okay, go practice.


One comment

  1. What else is there to say? You nailed it on the head!
    -Tom Williams

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