Teenage teachers

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Corinne said: Apr 7, 2006
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

Teenage teachers. :shock:

I know, it’s controversial. Some people really love ‘em and some people really don’t! I want to hear your opinions on the subject: what are the pros and cons of “allowing” young people to give music lessons? I’m doing research for a presentation on the issue of young teachers and how the teaching community can reach out to & mentor this expanding population.

said: Apr 7, 2006 Edit
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I deffinately am thankful for my own experience that I got to teach a bit in high school. It made me discover that I love teaching.

I am also thankful that older and wiser teachers than me did not discourage me, even though I am sure that they could see how I really didn’t know what I was doing!

My first Suzuki ped class, which I got to take while in high school, really got me off to a much better start than it would have been without it!!!

Melissa said: Apr 7, 2006
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

Rynna,
I’m not sure, but was it you that has a web site? I clicked on the WWW at the bottom of your post and it did not take me there.
The reason why I am wondering, is that I remember going on some young teacher’s web site, and I think it was yours, and I was SO impressed.
This person, and I think it was you, really looked like they had it together. Very professional. Great studio policy.
I know that your teaching skills cannot be judged by a web site. But it sure gave a great impression, which can’t hurt.
I think it’s great that you are teaching at a young age, just think of all the years of experience you will have when you are 40! That will be impressive too. You will also be so wise as to knowing how to teach most effectively.
You may want to take a break though from teaching for a few years and travel, see the world, educate yourself, maybe even do something other than teach, this way you won’t get burned out, and you will grow in maturity and wisdom.

said: Apr 8, 2006
 122 posts

Honeybee really said it all, so I’m not sure if I can add much more. I’m all for teens teaching, though it would be lovely if it was in a mentorship under their own teacher in their own Suzuki program. That’s a dream of mine for the future-my teens mentoring my wee ones.

Teens can really fill a void in music education in small towns that don’t have many teachers, and also by offering lower cost music lessons since they aren’t as experienced as a teacher with a college degree and a lot of teaching experience, and theoretically shouldn’t be charging as much.

Honestly, there have been 6o year old teachers I’ve seen that I feel a teen could out-teach…

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Corinne said: Apr 24, 2006
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

Thank you all for the encouraging comments (and good advice!).

Now to tell you a bit about myself…
I’m 17 and have been teaching for 4 years, now. There is a good network of Suzuki teachers in the area (two in particular have been wonderful mentors to me) but there are none within a 20-30 minute drive of my neighborhood, so I’m filling in the gap there. :) I absolutely love my job, and plan to pursue it long-term. Next fall I’ll be pursuing a piano performance degree at a local university.

I’ve set up an online forum for young teachers and I’m hosting a get-together at my house next month for those who live in North Texas. So far I know of about 20 young music teachers, most of them using the Suzuki method. This subject is very near and dear to my heart, and I’m currently researching what challenges young teachers face, and how experienced teachers can reach out to & mentor this expanding population.

Charles Krigbaum said: Apr 25, 2006
Charles KrigbaumTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
67 posts

Hi Rynna,

How can it be that we haven’t met????!?!? Are you a member of the North Texas Suzuki Association?

I’m often mistaken for a teenage teacher, although I’m almost 30 and have been teaching for 10 years and have a master’s degree. One of my former students is teaching, and I know she would love to meet you.

Check out my web-site, and send me an e-mail.

http://www.ntste.musicteaching.info

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said: Apr 25, 2006
 122 posts

Rynna

I’ve set up an online forum for young teachers and I’m hosting a get-together at my house next month for those who live in North Texas. So far I know of about 20 young music teachers, most of them using the Suzuki method. This subject is very near and dear to my heart, and I’m currently researching what challenges young teachers face, and how experienced teachers can reach out to & mentor this expanding population.

Rynna, I look forward to watching you progress through the years! It sounds like you’re off to a great start and will do great things!

A hint from an older young teacher (30 and 3/4 ;-) I think it might be a good idea for your parents to be home at this gathering. If you’re inviting teachers you don’t know to your house via the internet, you never know who you’re going to get. I bet you’ve already thought about this tough :D

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Corinne said: Apr 25, 2006
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

junebug

A hint from an older young teacher (30 and 3/4 ;-) I think it might be a good idea for your parents to be home at this gathering. If you’re inviting teachers you don’t know to your house via the internet, you never know who you’re going to get. I bet you’ve already thought about this tough :D

Yes, my parents will definitely be there. As a matter of fact, we’re inviting all of the girls to bring their moms! Most of them wouldn’t be allowed to attend otherwise.

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