I have such experience quite a few times in my musical life so far.
As some of you might know already from my previous post about my graduate study in the US, I had an excruciating experience with a piano professor. I knew back then I should not continue studying with him and should find someone else for a better life in many aspects, I could not do it. I simply did not know what and how to deal with such situation until one day at one miraculous chance I met my Teacher. Now I know I had made the best decision ever on choosing a teacher suitable for myself and regret at times that I did not act up sooner. There are chances we have to grasp at some point or they might be gone forever. We have to be the one who actively pursue them and wisely utilate them.
Such experience also occurs in my teaching life. At the beginning of my teaching life, I only thought whoever came to be deserved a chance to study with me. And once they became my students, I was supposed to stick with them through thick and thin. When my students had problems in their attitude and playing, I always thought if there were things that I could do better first. Then I tried my very best to solve the problems and help my students as much as I could. But gradually I found that it was not the case at all. I could not carry every problem to myself. Sometimes the problems came from the students or their parents. There could be a different understanding towards piano education, or lack of communication among the three parties, or even plainly incompatibility. There were things I simply could not fix on my own. Even I was not sure if they could find a good teacher, I had to let them go and end my misery, understanding that I had tried my very best as I could. I just needed to allocate the time to the students who deserved my full attention, but not those who had terrible attitude and manner towards me and piano playing.
I have been better at letting students go now, from the previous case of over 2 years of agony to 3 weeks of agitation and annoyance. I do wish them good luck.
There are also other aspects in our lives that we could apply this same attitude to. What do you think it might be for you?
It is your words that motivates me,
It is your progress that moves me forward,
It is your attitude that shows your trust and respect in me as your teacher,
It is your passion in playing that touches me, that makes me feel blessed and want to learn more and teach better,
It is your presence that gives me strength and confidence, even in the most trying hours in my teaching life.
So, a million thanks to you all, my wonderful Students.
Please don’t come for piano lessons if:
1. You don’t trust and respect me as your teacher or your children’s teacher;
2. You don’t agree to my Studio Policy;
3. You don’t want to listen to my teaching and follow my practice instructions;
4. You don’t take your piano lessons seriously;
5. You don’t take your piano practice seriously;
6. You don’t take your piano playing seriously;
7. You don’t take yourself seriously;
8. Someone else tells you to take piano lessons instead of yourself;
9. You don’t think you are good enough and you don’t believe that even after taking lessons with me you can play better than now;
10. You hate playing the piano.
十二. 學生需在每個月的第一課繳交四堂學費。當那個月份有額外的一周時，學生必須上第五堂和繳交五堂學費，因為每個課堂都對加強學習進度非常重要。請付現金或支票( 抬頭人為『黃穎妍』）。
『 沒有音樂的生活是一個錯誤。』 – 尼采
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