Why do pianists play and why do teachers teach

Why do pianists focus on performing? Or why do teachers focus on teaching?

Many people think that those who can’t play, teach. And if a teacher defends him or herself, they say that’s just sour grapes. 

So why do the players play and why do the teachers teach?

It’s very simple. 

Because they love what they do. 

Sounds like a common sense, doesn’t it? But to most people, it seems not. 

Most people still think the teachers teach because they can’t play. 

Has it ever occurred to them that the teachers sacrifice themselves the time and opportunities in playing and performing so that they can focus on their teaching? 

I guess not.

People still think it’s only because the teachers can’t play, so they make an “excuse” to teach instead saying how much they love teaching, to disguise the “fact” that the teachers actually rather play than teach. 

And somehow, people seem to think that the players are better because they are the one playing and performing all over the world while the teachers stay at the same place to teach them. 

Under this “logic”, the teachers are inferior. Then, to go along with such logic, why do these people want to learn from the teachers whom they regard as inferior?

Ah, because the players whom they admire so much simply don’t have time to teach. That’s make these players very precious commodities. Because scarcity is king (or queen, or diamond).

What a sad logic. 

These people really want to learn from these admirable great pianists of all time and at the back of their heads, even they are learning from their own teachers, they still have this tiny voice in their mind that says, “I wish those pianists can teach me. And my teacher is actually not that great because s/he doesn’t play (much), that means s/he is not a good teacher.”

Yes you can read that sentence again. 

You know what, I hate to bring it up to you, but, have you ever thought about that, those pianists actually don’t want to teach, and they are not as good teachers as those who dedicate their lives, hearts and souls and efforts and persistence into their teaching? That they are the people who actually cares about and can help you progress, improve your playing and achieve your goals? And that you should respect them and believe in their methods and try harder and be braver? 

No. You still want to learn from those players, who choose to perform instead of teach. And that is why you haven’t progressed to where you should be and can be yet. 

There is nothing wrong with either profession and the people who choose to be in them. There is however something wrong with those people’s (students’) mentality. 

That’s my music rant of the day. 


Teresa Wong

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