When you realize that “pancake patrol” has finally succeeded in helping your students have straighter wrists…and they sound better!
When you realize that your pre-teen or teenage student needs someone to listen to them complain about their day or their asshole classmates as much as they need somebody to help them work on their shifts and double stops.
When your student gets that happy face when they finally “get” something tough or tricky.
When your students learn a new piece that they really love.
When you play an example for your students and they are blown away by how awesome the violin can really sound…
On a serious note, I lost one of my favorite students today—he was my first student here in St Louis, and now the family has decided not to continue. I’m sad. I absolutely loved teaching him, and his mom was awesome too. I will miss them!
On another serious note, does anybody else have the situation in which your adolescent students sometimes confide things in you that aren’t super serious, but yet you think maybe the parents should know? One of my students seems to be having trouble getting along with classmates at school and there might be a little bit of bullying going on (him being bullied, perhaps)…I try to just chat it up with him and make him feel like a normal, good, decent person, and hopefully to help him realize that IT GETS BETTER but I don’t know if I should do more? Basically he’s a bit nerdy and socially VERY awkward but has a great heart. And I think some kids might be very mean to him at school and maybe pushing him around a bit? Thoughts? Suggestions?