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Every respectful educational institution tries to create and maintain a good reputation;
therefore, when hiring a new teacher, the director always checks his references even
before the interview, and tries to learn about the level of his professionalism.
Besides, there’s always an unspoken competition among staff teachers. Teachers discuss
current issues, problems of training and methods of music education while having
a cup of coffee and during lunch hour in teachers’ rooms every day. There are always
discussions about each student’s progress after the regular academic concert, test
or examination. The enthusiasm and conscientious attitudes of the leading staff teachers
give hope to the weaker ones. Thus, by exchanging opinions, music teachers receive
important information on working with children, and the result of their work, the
performance of their students, will be seen by the staff teachers. Therefore, every
music teacher should earn a good reputation in several areas: how to handle student’s
parents, the principal, and their colleagues.
When comes down to professionalism and tutoring methods in music education, there
is also competition among private teachers. But these kinds of meetings occur less
often than at music schools.
Many parents think that all their child has to do is take a few lessons. But this
is only correct if they expect their child to take lessons for no more than four
to five years.
Where do parents get the idea that the lessons will be more useful and efficient
with a private teacher? First, it shows their lack of information and their unfamiliarity
with the huge advantages a music education can offer the child. Also, as I mentioned
in an earlier article, a child’s IQ will rise only if he takes several musical subjects.
And each of these subjects is taught by an expert in the given area, which is very
When considering the basic components of children’s music education, we must pay
attention to a student’s environment. It is a well-known fact that a small child
considers his parents the authority figures, and that teens perceive their schoolmates
and friends as the authority. This important age-related feature should be taken
into serious consideration! It means that up until your child is 12 years old, you,
as the parent, will have the primary influence on your child, and after that, he
or she will have other goals and look up to other people.
Usually after age 12, children begin to dream about their life goals, but they also
overestimate themselves, and if they don’t find the understanding they are seeking,
they will start rebelling against music lessons. Long and tiresome lectures, incentives,
and even threats do not work. And parents give up after these tiresome struggles.
What can you do, then? How can you maintain child’s interest in music education at