908, 2017

Learning Requires Taking Risks

By |August 9, 2017|Encouragement, Expectations, Motivation, Teaching, Teaching Philosophy|

Below is the third key element of my teaching philosophy.

3. I aim to combine high expectations with a friendly, encouraging atmosphere in order to motivate students to ask questions and take risks.

Did you ever notice that some of the most effective learning happens when we fail? This is why it is so incredibly important for a teacher to create an atmosphere where this can happen.

Teachers need to expect high quality work. Tolerating sloppiness invalidates any attempts to motivate students to pursue excellence.

However, if students always perform virtually perfectly, they likely aren’t learning much. Part of high expectations is stretching students […]

2809, 2014

The Power of Encouragement

By |September 28, 2014|Encouragement, Melody's Story, Teaching|

One of the most memorable characteristics of my second piano teacher was her encouraging spirit. She was so sweet and kind. Something special that has stuck with me from the one year of lessons with her was her hugs. Not all teachers feel comfortable connecting with their students in this way, but it meant a lot for me at the time.

Since her encouragement had such a positive impact on me, I have striven to have the same affirmative attitude in my teaching. There are three main benefits to purposefully complimenting the promising aspects of a performance and presenting our criticisms […]