Wait a minute. Did I...? Yes. I did. My last post began in a similar fashion. ;-) Have you begun to suspect that we talk a lot? :-)
Well, the lady has been a teacher for many years... and a good one. After listening and watching me teach one of my students, she gave me some advice that I am intending to follow to the best of my ability:
1: Dress up. Don't stay in my bunny hug and paint bespattered skirt, even if they are comfy and warm. (There *is* a heater in my studio which I can use...)
2: Make a solid lesson plan to follow for the half hour.
3: Get the student on the piano bench and playing. Less 'chit-chat the better'.
4: A grown-up spending a half hour of solid one on one time with a child will never be forgotten. "People almost always remember who their piano teacher was" for that reason.
5: Reward practice time; reward children for every fifteen minutes they practice, etc. (I'm still not sure what to do for my older students...)
6: Make my studio professional looking. Customize it. Make a special place for me and my student.
Not one of my students but a friend from camp. The one. The only. THOMAS!!!
One other thing I would love to do but I'm not sure how this is going to work out, is to get all of my students together and create a performance they can all do together. Each person has their own special part in it. But we shall see. For now, my heart is beating a little strangely over all I must accomplish this morning... and still have energy for this afternoon. ;-)
7: Pray for my students individually and ask for wisdom regarding how to teach them.
Cheers, my dears. May your day today be as enjoyable as mine...