Today I said goodbye to another student. It is so difficult for me to let go of students, as I'm sure it is for many teachers. This is the second student to move away this summer. And although, I want the best for all of my students, it is always a bittersweet moment when saying, "Farewell!"
Despite my feeling a deep sense of loss over students leaving, I always try to convey three key messages to each student before they go:
1. Music is a gift! Share music as often as possible with those around you. Don't forget how much you can bless others with your talents!
2. No matter what challenges you may face, musically, or otherwise, have fun playing the violin (or any other instrument for that matter); this includes playing pieces and/or genres you love!
3. Never forget how much you have learned about music, discipline, patience and how to respect others! Even if you decide to discontinue music lessons, carry your love and appreciation for music with you wherever you go!
It is my intention to communicate these things to my students throughout all the lessons I teach, but most of the time I may not explicitly say these "key messages." So, today, as I was saying these guiding words, I realized--I should say these words more often during lessons, instead of waiting for the "goodbyes."
"If you think of something, do it."
-Dr. Suzuki, Nurtured by Love, p.83
I live Carmel, Indiana. I have been married to my very supportive and loving husband, James Matthew King, for four years. The most important things to me are God, my family and friends. I am a violinist and violin instructor by profession; currently, I teach for three music programs, perform for weddings and with various orchestras around Indy, attend graduate school at Butler University, and work as the GA for the Butler Symphony Orchestra. My favorite color is purple and my favorite animal is the elephant.