Just wanted to share this nice piece of advice I read a few minutes ago. Click on read more to, well, read more.
Here -> read more.Whether you're a student, teacher, or parent, I think you'll appreciate this story of how one teacher can completely and permanently change someone's life in only a few lessons.
I met Kimo Williams when I was 17 - the summer after I graduated high school in Chicago, a few months before I was starting Berklee College of Music.
I called an ad in the paper by a recording studio, with a random question about music typesetting.
When the studio owner heard I was going to Berklee, he said, “I graduated from Berklee, and taught there for a few years, too. I'll bet I can teach you two years' of theory and arranging in only a few lessons. I suspect you can graduate in two years if you understand there's no speed limit. Come by my studio at 9:00 tomorrow for your first lesson, if you're interested. No charge.”
I had a math teacher that was just like that, he taught in a very intense, quick way, so I really had to make an effort to keep up with him. I was completely un-interested in math before, but after a few classes he made me one of the worst students in my class to one of the best.
Me, I can't learn like that at all. I'm an extremely slow worker, and when the pace gets like that, I am immediately hopelessly and irretrievably lost. It takes about five minutes of that sort of thing to completely and utterly destroy my motivation and self-confidence, as well as my interest in the subject. I have always managed to learn more without teachers than with them precisely because I have never been able to keep up the pace, in any subject, including even ones for which I have a natural aptitude.
Sounds interesting, though i doubt i'd be able to pull it off. I'd be too scared to fail in some way, and that would ruin everything. =/
As long as I am seeing a practical use for what is being taught to me, I can retain and learn quickly. But if you are just teaching me concepts without showing application, I don't always retain it as well as when I have an example.
In that case, the teacher was always testing the student, always putting the concepts he just taught to practical use. This is the core of learning - constant teaching and constant evaluation. The pace is not what's important here, he could just as well go slow and then test you after.
great article! I wonder if someone had tried to teach jazz music theory to me that way, I would have picked it up instead of being totally lost and losing all interest in jazz piano. More motivational stories of improvement please!
Good to know there's teachers out there who are like this! My problem was exactly that--my pace and expectations were always well above the pace of my classmates, so I would tear through projects and sit around bored because the teachers couldn't start the next project until the rest of the class was finished. It was the same through high school and even college classes. Drag, drag, drag, sit around bored. Needless to say I've taught myself 90% of what I know when it comes to art.
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