Posted by Rick Denney on July 24, 2002 at 16:53:34:
In Reply to: Your First Time Teaching Lessons posted by MG on July 23, 2002 at 22:13:24:
1. Know what you want to teach. To do that, you have to know both what the student wants to learn and what the student needs to learn. You have to use your ears and what's between them to figure that out. Talk to the student about objectives, and let the student set the pace for progress.
2. Spend some time making music for the sheer joy of making music. If I taught lessons, I'd have a really complete stock of duets in all difficulty levels, so that the end of the class would be marked by ten minutes of duet playing, student and teacher together, with no interruptions for instruction (though maybe a minute of summary after the ten minutes are up). These ten minutes will make the other 50 three times more effective, and they will also make the student want to come back.
Rick "with much experience teaching, but not music" Denney