Take Your Time: Don't Become Blinded by Your Frustration

Published: Jan 8, 2020  |   Category: Uncategorized

Frustration surfaces when pride has gripped your sensibilities. Students can become frustrated for a variety of reasons. But the kind of frustration described in this post is the kind that comes when pride has risen in a student who thinks they know more than the teacher. It is a dangerous place to be when pride enters in...

Sometimes, when a student is frustrated, he doesn't want to do what you ask of him. Sometimes there is a student who thinks he knows everything and simply refuses to listen to your instruction. When a question is asked of him, and the answer is right there in front of him, frustration has him blinded to it. As he answers with a scowl on his face, he retorts with an "I don't get it." 

It's not that he doesn't get it. It's that he doesn't want to do the work that is before him.

Too often, students plow through their pieces or their practice without any thought to what they are doing. Too often, students play too fast, and this means they have practiced too fast, the outcome of which is a play-through riddled with unnecessary mistakes. Their practice is often more about checking off a list of to-dos rather than checking on the things that matter.

Are my fingers sitting correctly on the bow? Am I playing the correct finger pattern in this passage? Students need to be taught how to think critically when practicing. The teacher prepares, shows, guides, and nurtures while instructing. Carefully-planned lessons translated to the student are expected to be practiced at home. Specific detail is provided by way of written detail. Or, a video of the how-to is supplied. However, when a student chooses to override what the teacher shows, he is in danger of missing something so beautiful.  

Students must learn to listen, practice correctly, and learn to take their time! It is not a race. When you start, even if your "talent" is shown, you must start from the beginning to get to where you think you are. Sometimes you must go back and pick up what you tried to drop and forget. Think about the frustration you find yourself in because you simply did not listen while ignoring to read what is right in front of you!

It is so simple when you take your time. All the pieces fall into place when you take your time!  Time to listen. Time to reflect. Time to read to get an understanding. Time to practice just 3 measures correctly. Take your time!!!

Don't allow pride to usurp the joy of learning.

There is much more to say about this. Yet a pause is necessary.


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