My new cello instructor, so far, is fabulous. Here is what I like about him, it might help in searching for an instructor of any instrument.
- He is a college student. Why is this a plus? (A)His learning years are not too long ago. He remembers vividly what things were issues with him and how he overcame them. (B)He is in need of the money and works really hard with this. (C) He is open to new ways, and not stuck with what everyone else is doing.
- He is actually watching what I am doing and not just using the time to have someone to play with. When he is playing, it is not to overpower me like he does not want to hear my bad notes or bad bowing results. He actually asked me to play louder! Well, my new cello,will solve that issue. (A) He is playing lightly, giving me a tempo to play to, actually. Maybe that is why he is doing it? (B) If he notices spots I am rushing, he will gently say, “Don’t rush” (those 8th note sections!). (C) He, at times, is playing background notes, not the melody.
- He is paying attention, as well as watching. What a refreshing idea from an instrument instructor.
- He lets me ask questions, and actually answers them. Unheard of!
- He is encouraging.
My husband drives me in and is sitting in the little sitting area. He said he hears him interacting with tips, instruction, etc. My husband hears me playing and a little of my instructor. Previously, he heard the instructor playing, and me a little. He also did not hear much instruction or guidance, because there was none.
So, I hope this helps with finding a good instructor.
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
A good instructor is so important. Glad you found one!
Opportunity is often missed because it wears suspenders and looks like hard work.