in between lessons

This guitar teaching thing… often swings wildly between being enormously rewarding and satisfying and being enormously frustrating. Often, not because of the teaching itself, although it can happen, particularly in the schools I teach at, for some reason I haven’t been able to fathom: pupils coast along or are not reliable in terms of attendance (or notification of non-attendance) or payments, in the case of private pupils. In the schools, it is often the inevitable bureaucratic procedures, the red tape, the way goals are sometimes defined, to favour the school meeting targets rather than the pupil getting something they will keep for life.

It is however still a fantastic feeling when you see that one of your pupils ‘gets it’ and begins to make leaps forward in their playing or their understanding of what they’re doing.

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