The other day I ran into the mom of one of my piano students in the check-out line at the grocery store. While we were chatting, another young mother behind me chimed in. “She was my favorite piano teacher,” she said. It took me a moment to realize she was talking about me. I was embarrassed that I didn’t recognize her. When I got home I pulled out old newspaper clippings and found that she’d played in a one of my recitals almost twenty years ago. The students come and go and it’s important to remember that although as teachers we may see hundreds of students over the years, the average piano student may have only two or three piano teachers in their lifetime, and the piano teacher is one of the only teachers that a student will see one-on-one. I thought about that today when I saw this and this.
Sarah Newton writes about the student/teacher relationship which is much more important than that old Czerny book anyway, wouldn’t you say?