Teaching a student how to express themselves through music is an astonishing experience. You as the instructor and mentor, give them the tools that they need and then let them loose to explore. What they create is really quite remarkable.
When I was in school for my Masters degree in Music Education our professor wanted to know our view points on music education and why it was necessary. We are much more that teacher. We are mentors that are leading out students through this wonderful world of music. We are their example on what to do and how to do it.
Recently, I have had people ask me why do I want to teach creativity and music. My response was, “Why wouldn’t I?” So, I thought about my response and this is what I told them. Music to me is a life force that you tap into.
People ask my why I teach. Where did you learn to sing? How did you get started? And why do you continue to go back to school and study? It’s simple. I quote T.S. Eliot, “You’re the music while the music last.” For that one brief moment while I sing or play the piano or organ. I transcend. I want my students to experience that ephemeral joy like I do.
Children and parents are all very busy so it is difficult to add music lessons to an already long list of activities. If you are trying to decide what activities are best for your child you should take note of the benefits of violin or piano lessons.