Belief empowers! In my life, there have been many occasions where I have been taken aback by the power of the teacher’s word or action. The concept is both frightening and awesome, depending on the motivation of the teacher and the (sometimes unknown) response of the child. The story here took place in my studio a few years ago.
I had two violin students with the same name. I will call them Big Ben and Little Ben. Big Ben had been my student since the age of 7. He was then 14 years old. Little Ben was 5 years old and had just started his violin life. Big Ben was a pleasant, gawky, intelligent teenager and a wonderful violin student. He was, however, perceived as precocious and difficult at school. Little Ben was, on the other hand, barely articulate, muscularly weak and was having trouble even making the school readiness tests for pre-K. [Read more…]