We watched the video of my teaching in class the other day, and it was not nearly as awful as I thought it would be. In fact it was REALLY helpful. I should probably record myself again in the future.
What did I learn? In a nutshell, I talk too much. I shouldn’t talk so much, or so fast, and simply do. That might mean playing for the student, it might mean demonstrating a motion, or it might mean moving their body/fingers into the position they need to be in. Less talk, more action! I tried to keep that in mind for my next students (and also to slow down my speaking voice for young students!). It will take practice, but I hope I’ll get better.
I also learned I was doing some things well, which is nice to know. So often I feel I am not doing things well, or that someone else could be doing a better job with my students (or my life 😉 ), and it’s nice to feel as if I’m doing something well. I know I am too hard on myself…it’s just that my standards are so high! Silly conservatory training…
I am looking forward to a musical weekend. I am playing three concerts with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. One is a Messiah sing along, and two are the same, a Baroque Holiday Concert, which includes Pachelbel Canon. The really cool thing is that one of our concerts is sold out!
Next week one of my violin classes (the second year one) will be performing a few Christmas songs for the school. I know they will be wonderful! I am so proud of how well my class is doing. It’s two girls and one boy. The boy just started cello at the end of September, the girls have been playing violin since last September, and they are playing in three part harmony already! It’s just wonderful, and makes me really proud. Wait. Maybe I’m doing well teaching after all?