What constitutes a 'good' teacher?

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  1. mctrumpet98

    mctrumpet98 Pianissimo User

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    Just curious to know. I'm considering changing teachers as I don't feel I'm really getting anything from this one, so I'm just wondering what you guys think of what makes a teacher good?

    Thanks,

    McTrumpet
     
  2. Peter McNeill

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    Expertise and knowledge with a great ability to communicate. Not all great players are good teachers. Good teachers will have years of expertise at playing behind them - preferably in the arena you wish to develop your abilities - Jazz. Brass Band etc...

    A teacher needs to be a person who can adjust their abilities to meet the needs of the situation with a student. Picks up every fault, and helps you on the path to be better. AND have fun!!
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    What Peter said. Plus, a good teacher will call students on their stuff, be brutally honest, and be honestly impressed with a student's progress.
     
  4. turtlejimmy

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    What Peter and Vulgano B said. Also, I think, a good teacher is a good match for you ..... Someone who, especially for older students, shares a certain vibe with you. Flexibility towards different personalities is helpful, and a SENSE OF HUMOR is a must, I think.


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  5. tobylou8

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    A good teacher will also make sure your head stays the same size it was when you started despite your improvement!
     
  6. DaTrump

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    A good teacher teaches you trumpet. A great teaches not only how to play, but act, teaches you about life and how to live it. A great teacher is always more than a teacher but a mentor, a guide to help you through life.
     
  7. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    Follow on to the OP's question: All the advice here sounds great, but how do you know? Generally do teachers give a lesson or two as freebies, sort of try before you buy?
     
  8. DaTrump

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    College students and professors, generally not, but regular instructors are a little more willing.
     
  9. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

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    There are 3 must-have skills:
    1) Knowledge (a teacher should also consider themselves a student or they come off as a know-it-all...of which I believe there truly are none)
    2) Ability to listen/communicate with a player, including what they say, how they act, etc. ("connect" with each other)
    3) Patience (to me, mostly about recognizing that every student progresses at a different pace)
     
  10. michaelm2

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    Add a syllabus or lesson plan to the above. A good teacher should be able to show you what they expect at certain levels. If the student isn't keeping up with the progress in the lesson plan. It's time to reevaluate the student and teacher. This lets the student know what to expect and where they fall into the expected progress. The teacher who just teaches week to week based on what the student is doing rather than what is expected, isn't doing anyone any justice.

    Mike
     

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