I find that students are settling into their schedules and activities, and are ready to look ahead to their music studies and make some goals for the year. I love that every student is different and has their own unique abilities and strengths, but it can be challenging when planning for lessons and trying to individualize each one. We want to encourage them to enhance their strengths and not be afraid to address their weaknesses. Each student seems to be his or her own adventure for us to figure out – to ponder, to plan and to determine how and when to make adjustments as we teach and instruct.
One of my favorite adventure books is “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. One of the characters, Mrs. Whatsit, compares human life and its experiences to a poetry sonnet form. She says, “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.” I feel like this applies to teaching as well. We know what we want to teach, but teaching involves being flexible, adapting, adjusting, and encouraging in order to reach each student’s goals. I’m so glad to be surrounded by such wonderful teachers who demonstrate this process every day. I look forward to our upcoming General Meetings and Events and for those who will share their knowledge, gifts and experience, so that we can all enhance our abilities.
I want to give a special thank you to Amy King and the August Brunch Committee for a wonderful and delicious August Brunch! What a treat for all of us! We look forward to seeing you at our next General Meeting, Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m. at My First Piano Recital Hall in Mesa for “Teacher Favorites”.
-Shannon Payne, DVMTA President