Nov 232004
Carrying One's Authority with Other AdultsTraditionally, we teachers learned to play the piano when we were young. We felt very differently about our various teachers than adults do. Our youthful models of teacher-student relationships are of limited use in our dealings with adult students. Kids are well trained to respond to teachers’ authority and they defy this authority at their peril. read the rest
Jan 012004
What One Student Learned - Letters From St. Petersburg, RussiaThis installment of MusicalFossils is a series of e-mails written between Victoria (Vica) Achim, from Russia, and me. Most of them are hers. Vica is an adult amateur pianist studying in a culture where classical music is held in higher esteem than it is in the United States. Russia has (I do not know if this continues) a national system of musical education that seeks to find and develop the best and brightest young musicians as a national treasure, somewhat like athletes in the US. read the rest