What separates humans from all other animals is that we are able to progress as a society by passing down information from one generation to the next. This is the cornerstone of civilization without which we would still be cavemen hunting and gathering. So, teaching is fundamental to the development of culture.
Everyone processes information in unique ways. One size does not fit all. It is essential to develop a relationship with students in order to have any meaningful discourse. Simply put, you can't teach at someone, you must teach with them. Why? Teaching would be a simple activity if all that was necessary was to come up with a repeatable system. While some aspects of teaching certainly must be broken down methodically into digestible chunks which can be assimilated by the student, each individual processes information in different ways. Some people learn by observation, others by activities as well as other ways of digesting information and understanding concepts. You must find what works with each individual.
I was classically trained by my mentor, Robert Estrin, a phenomenal educator who I was incredible fortunate to study with. However, when I made the transition to jazz, I had to develop a keen sense of how to figure things out. I impart to my students a very logical progression of concepts that build on one another logically. This provides the cornerstone for my teaching. I also believe that being a great teacher has the element of being a great listener like a psychologist - attempting to understand the feelings and motivations of the student. After all, teaching isn't just about dumping a bunch of information at someone; it is getting into their head and their soul so that you can find what makes them tick so that they feel compelled and motivated to learn.
"The method is the student"
(Bijan Taghavi, 7/21/16 LivingPianos Podcast on Teaching)
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