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Inhaltsangabe: This book is a shining tribute to the inspiration that music teachers can bring into the lives of their students. Teachers give much but often receive little in return. Appreciation of your efforts may not come until decades later when a former student says, 'I'll never forget how it helped when you said....'.
You are amazed but humbled by the sheer power of a few ordinary words you'd long forgotten. The music lesson is the highlight of many pupils' week, like a spring of rejuvenation. Students remember that you listened and gave good advice. Your excellent work is valued! Sounds and Souls gives teachers insights to:
The following pages have evolved from my experiences of coaxing a range of sounds from a cross section of souls. Many tones have been pleasing; others close to agony. Decades ago I had to make an excuse to leave the studio, for my unborn baby expressed his personal opinion with some violent kicking. All students display individual qualities; some are more resistant to moulding than others.
At such times we can lose sight of the satisfactions of teaching. In our focus on rhythms and fingerings we can underestimate our words and actions, how the sounds we demonstrate impact on the souls whose lives cross ours. Our only clue might be when students are sad if we move state or country and write to us, hoping to visit. Twenty years later we should not be altogether surprised to discover they bacome professional musicians.
This resource in part traces my journeys across the years. Students have come and gone, some with heartwarming success and some with conspicuous lack of it. Yet whatever their progress, relationships were founded on empathy and sympathy. Even with the most frustrating students.
No two paths are the same, for teachers or for pupils. Thus, my experiences are not yours, but the anecdotes here may touch you with chords of 'Oh yes!' If so, there is worth in our shared knowledge. This personal voyage does not purport to weighty pedagogy. As I digested academic treatises to add ballast to my own ideas, I sensed there are needs beyond pedagogy. Those who steer an often reluctant crew through reefs of distractions need to stay afloat long enough to inspire and motivate students in order to retain them past shoals of over commitment. Teachers who work in relative isolation in home studios need to know they are not alone in their struggles against the tides. While there are aspects relevant to teachers in the classroom, a major focus is for studio instrumental teachers.
This book faces the realities teachers encounter. It seeks to stimulate and spark ideas: to empower and enliven the hurly burly times when we seem to give out more than we receive. To uplift with the knowledge that our teaching enhances and transforms lives. That the souls whose sounds we nurture are enriched by the music we share.
This book is dedicated to two beacons who lit my voyage into music, teaching and indeed, life:
John Curro, for opportunities, vision and the challenge of 'Why not?'
David Shephard, who listened, encouraged, and whose sounds warmed my soul.
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