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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by godchaser, Aug 31, 2007.
Finding a good teacher-
What should we expect?
What should we look for in a teacher?
A good teacher is like the father some of us had and the rest of us wanted!
Patient, always wanting the best, and above all able to say "I have been there".
A teacher with a performance record in the music style of your choice is not the whole answer but will get you at least much closer!
Some additional thoughts....
Patience..definitely. Able to say "I have been there." But also able to say "You CAN do better than that."
Depending on your ability and level, you probably want a teacher that is going to address all aspects of your musical ability, not just the mechanical or physical aspects. Find a teacher that will not only teach you trumpet, but teach you MUSIC!
-Thank you Robin; Mr. Taylor. The clarity you both speak from there, must mean that all musicians have the same concerns. Apples and Oranges doesn't really apply. Which is good news, in that i was unteachable as a painter. It's very good to hear that the balance of listening to the teacher within, and being taught mechanics and music, is a working progression of trust and accountability. That stands to reason.
Which doesn't lessen my concerns though, about who i'm trusting to teach me - particularly my beginner-basics. I don't want any glitches in my fundamentals. ..None. Aside from good instincts in a teacher/student working together productively; maybe it'd be good practice to have video teaching to compliment the live teaching as well? A repetitive reference-reminder of what's being taught?
Can anybody think of any good video-tutorials for beginners?
The easiest way to see if a teacher is any good, is to attend concerts of their students. If there is a common denominator - effortless sound, technique, if you find your self tapping your foot in time with the music, the right things are happening. That doesn't mean that everyone will get along, but you are closer.
No videos for any of my students!
That's good sense there Robin, much appreciated.
Possibly you and Wilmer should put a video series together, of your own?
Nope! Not me.
I thrive on interpersonal contact. TM is the only forum that I spend any time with. I even use the phone more than E'mail. Just something about reality that appeals to me - maybe I am just old-fashioned!
Indeed; let's hope we all stay that way!