The music triangle, it’s an equilateral one. In the last article, we shared how the music triangle is an equilateral triangle that has equal sides. The parent, the student, and the teacher all have equal, though different, responsibilities in their own roles.
Teachers have the responsibility, first of all, to have a proficiency with their instrument and be a visionary for the child’s future progress. Each and every teacher at PCS has extensive training in their instrument. In fact, most of the teachers at PCS have advanced degrees, and all of them regularly participate in ongoing professional development. Because they themselves have experienced the joys that learning and making music can bring, their heart’s desire is to inspire the same in each of their students by finding out what will motivate each individual student and how to make the most of the student’s unique musical potential.
Teachers also inspire the students in the way that they teach concepts and the music that they choose for the student. In each lesson, PCS teachers write down specific instructions in your child’s Assignment Notebook so that your student can recall what to work on and so that you have a record of both the practice instructions and the progress being made from week to week. Your child’s teacher works hard to plan a pathway to progress for your student and to ensure that the fundamentals of playing an instrument or learning to sing are being developed, while also finding ways to make the learning process enjoyable and motivating.
Teachers also get to help parents be a cheerleader at home by as they partner together to encourage effective practice, notice progress, and participate in the various events at PCS designed to keep your child interested and excited about taking lessons. Practice is hard, we get that. Every teacher was once a student! Our job is to teach good practice strategies in the lesson and then to help parents know that how to help and encourage your student at home – even if you have no musical background yourself. That’s why we use the word “cheerleader” and yes, sometimes with a little tongue-in-cheek humor, the word “enforcer.” Without practice, there is no progress. Without progress, your child will get discouraged and want to quit. But we teachers are here to help you understand, we’re here to encourage you and your student. And as you know, we’re always a call, text, or email away.
Everyone shares a role in this beautiful process of helping students become proficient musicians, and we here at PCS really enjoy and relish the role we have in teaching, educating, supporting, and inspiring!