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What makes a great teacher?
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artoliva
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Yes I did; he made even a dummy like me understand how to play the violin; and I did so professionally for many years. 

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I never argue with success !

I only had a teacher for a few months but she was mean and homely and she used to swear under her breath just so I could hear.  Then I moved to North Carolina and I don't need a teacher anymore.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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You sound as though you have simply chosen to be your own researcher and teacher. I think that this is great and probably all you need right now. Obviously one can advance quicker with the right teacher but it depends mostly on your goals and ambitions.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Yes, ambition and goals are certainly a big part of it.

Another thing I wanted however was to be forced into some awareness of the (violin) learning/teaching process and, indeed, I did a lot of homework.  I know I lost time by doing that but it was very interesting.

One thing that I definitely learned was how to practice for max efficiency.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Good teachers must teach good posture from the very beginning. My first teacher taught good instrument posture but neglected my bow arm. Consequentially I still struggle with my bowing grip.

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I think this thing with good posture and bow arm should be taken up and solved as early as possible...so frustrating if one has to relearn later. Much more difficult, and the more passionated you are about music, the more difficult this can be.

 

Otherwise, for me now at this stage of my life, I think a great teacher is one that does not discuss all the good postures, but directly helps me to improve the piece with good advice 🙂

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leiasverker said:

Otherwise, for me now at this stage of my life, I think a great teacher is one that does not discuss all the good postures, but directly helps me to improve the piece with good advice 🙂

 

Perhaps the most important aspect of a great teacher is keying into the instructional needs of each individual student. So many teachers adopt one model and apply it to each student regardless of fit.

Those great teachers can be hard to find. Wherever they are, bless them one and all.

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I only had a teacher for a few months about 5 years ago.  I think the consequence was poor "efficiency" or, not knowing where to concentrate for the maximum result.

I know all the rules by myself.  There are dozens of YouTubes on every thing beginning with keeping the bow straight but a teacher would probably be able to write me a personal prescription  on where to push, the material(s) to use, how hard to push and what directions to avoid.

That is not the role of a cop, but rather someone who knows much more about me than I do.

 

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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I think a great teacher is someone who doesn't get frustrated to easily and enjoys teaching. They should have a good personality and be hardworking.

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My teacher teaches me technique, good instrument posture and works with me using my bow arm correctly.  She makes learning the technical stuff fun and she listens to me and helps me to achieve my goals even when I am having a bad day. 

 

She also wants me to achieve my own style and talks about thinking out of the box.  She says one day when I learn all the techniques and I have tons of experience playing, my true individual style will come through.   I know I have a lot to learn before I can really find my style but I am working on it. 

 

I think a great teacher is someone who listens, cares, has patience, really enjoys teaching and helping their students learn as individuals. 

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