We had an outstanding General Meeting for January, and were so happy to have Dr. Russell (formerly Spoelman) present our Master Class and work with some of our students. One thing she emphasized was developing a strategy when presenting and learning new material. Tackling the most difficult parts and sections first, and letting the student guide the discussion, so they are involved in creating the solutions to succeed at overcoming those difficulties. For teachers it involves being flexible and being able to adapt our teaching to what each student needs. It also requires not being afraid to slow down a little to give more focus to the areas that need the most focus. What a great strategy for success, both in learning a new music piece, and in life as we set goals and deal with life’s challenges. Recognizing what is difficult, and developing a plan to deal with it, so that success can follow. And being okay with taking a few extra moments that matter to focus on what is most important. See you at the next General Meeting.
-Shannon Payne, DVMTA President