Submitted by Carol Angus
In a moment of trying to reorganize my piano studio (a little) over the cathos left after holiday preparation and the inability to not have “stacks” of music everywhere, I ran across a couple of old friends. One of these was the word “unique."
What is unique? Webster’s Dictionary defines unique as “being the only one"!!! Exactly!!! One of a kind. In our music environment, each student who presents themselves to you – a “unique teacher," is one of a kind. It becomes out responsibility to nurture that uniqueness into a musician capable of thinking, reading, and breathing music to their best abilities. It's all about helping them to discover the passion of recreating music as presented on the page.
Think about it, would you really want all students to be the same—as if someone took a cookie cutter and created multiples of the same kind? Heaven forbid no! How very boring it would be for the teacher to have everyone be the same. Discovering the uniqueness of each student and helping them find the magic musical key that will unlock the musical world is why we as teachers are unique and continue to take on new students. No two students work on the same musical time table nor can we expect the same result with each student.
In what ways are you unique?