When I ask my student David how things are going, he always replies “Great”. When I ask him how his repertoire is coming along, he says “yeah – pretty good!” When I ask him what song he needs help with he says, “I think they are all fine”. But when I asked him to perform all pieces in the studio from memory the other day – it wasn’t great, good or even fine.
Truth Bomb: Most students are poor communicators and they rarely ask for help. Furthermore, some students will go to great lengths and will say/do anything to make you think that everything is A-OK. These brilliant con artists can fool the most seasoned teachers (like me and you).
Reasons for poor communication or resistance to asking for help:
What teachers can do to help get to the bottom of things:
Year end recitals, exams and auditions are just around the corner. Better communication and follow up will help our students be successful in these endeavours and enjoy their lessons more.
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