I once had the opportunity to chat with Roy Burns, owner and founder of Aquarian Drumheads. He rose to prominence drumming for Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and made a name for himself as a New York session guy, as well as a first rate clinician. The reason he called me was because I had sent an email to Aquarian at the generic info email address basically to say that I loved using their Texture Coated head for my snares and to keep up the great work. My contact info was in my signature line and 10 minutes later Roy was on the other end of the line when I picked up. Couldn't ask for a nicer guy and he handles a large part of the company's customer relations himself, but I digress. (Roy has actually called me twice - the second time was because I had gotten a couple of heads where the texture coating came off and I emailed about the issue. That call was pretty much all business.) In chatting with Roy, at that point I hadn't yet started taking drumming lessons, but I was thinking about it, and I brought that up. Roy's advice to me was, "don't find someone who's going to tell you how to play, find a teacher who is going to teach you how to practice." His belief was that becoming an instrumentalist is more about fine tuning your personal approach to how YOU do it. So many teachers try to shoehorn their students into their own personal approach, and while there are generalities that work for the majority, knowing how to practice and why you are working on the various things you work on is also key to your development. At the end of the day a good teacher merely points out flaws you may not have noticed, and streamlines your approach by keeping you on a more narrow path toward your end goals. All of the rest of it is the work put in by the student themselves.