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Our Students are Awesome!

September 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Sometimes when I hear other musicians going on about how many students they have, and how late they have to teach, etc., it’s easy to second-guess myself and start to worry if something’s wrong with my more relaxed teaching schedule. “Why don’t I have 50 students every week?” I ask, and the answer comes clearly, “Quality, not quantity!”

The people who study here at Summerglen are not only nice people who are a pleasure to work with, but they’re the right people for us. I don’t have any students or families that I dread seeing every week; actually, it’s quite the opposite! I enjoy getting the chance to see everyone, and it’s fun to learn new things about them, like names of their pets, and where they went on vacation, and how their stained glass class was fun even though the teacher was weird. Best of all, the students are dedicated to getting better at music…and they do!

Yesterday was one of those second-guessing days for me, that is, until a student gave me some poetry she’d written about us! It was the sweetest thing, and it really drove home the point:

Quality, not quantity, and friends, not customers.

Having a ton of students isn’t important, but making meaningful connections with great people definitely IS!

Here’s one of the poems:
Undoubtedly awesome
Mr. Andrew
Ms. Christina
Everyone loves Velvet
Rockin’ cool
Everlastingly fun
Never not fun!

Tags: music business · music education

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ssgreylord // Oct 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    how sweet is that poem?! boy, you really have the right attitude. and what you’ve forgotten is the impact you’re making on these kids by being able to spend such focused, personal time with them. the way i look at it, they’re the lucky ones… :)

    p.s. fun to be back at your site…

  • 2 Administrator // Oct 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Glad you’re back!

    I love the way you look at things…I hadn’t thought of it this way until you said something! :-)

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