Even though there is a defined path toward becoming a musician (both technically and theoretically) there can’t be a “one size fits all” method that works for everyone. People are different and have different goals. Therefore, they learn by different methods and using different approaches. Especially when working with children, a teacher needs to be extra flexible and use more creative approaches and methods. It can be very helpful if the teacher be able to give the students self-confidence – mainly when working with beginners who come to the class with so much worries and questions. They don’t know if they can ever play the instrument or sing, if they have any natural talent or if they are to old or young to start learning, etc. Regardless of the age of the student, teaching using the wrong method can result in the loss of interest and motivation.
The first factors that discourage the students the most are the basic concepts and positions. For instance, the correct way of sitting is vital, if the student doesn’t sit correctly and the teacher doesn’t resolve this, the student will be uncomfortable and won’t be able to concentrate well. The student will be easily tired, and may not devote enough time on his studies. Ultimately, it can bring him some injuries. Any of these can be a great disappointment for a student.
Furthermore, it is important to demonstrate not only how to play, but why using certain techniques. If the teaching is based only on how to play, the student will be very limited and only repeat what he has learned. It will be confusing for him to face something other than what he has been taught. In contrary, a student must be able to analyze and interpret by himself. It is really important that the student be independent.
Finally, It is essential for the teacher to be aware of the problems or injuries that might be caused either by practicing incorrectly or over practicing. This way, he can prevent problems from happening or deal with them if they do happen. For instance, guitarists use many tendons to play the guitar. The most used tendons are the tendons in the back of the hand, especially Lumberical tendons and Flextor Pollicis Brevis that pass from the thumb. Importantly, there should be no bad tension in arms or fingers when playing. Bad tension, mostly, tightens movements, reduces flexibility, causes pain and cramps in long or short term. It also produces undesirable tones (mostly tensed and thin sounds) and holds the music back from fully expressing itself.
To be continued…
By Arash A.