You Know Your Violin Teachers Are Wonderful People
(in addition to being skilled performers and teachers):
-When your teacher spends twenty minutes telling you about his new baby.
(Okay, this also falls under "How You Know that You're a Baaaaaad Student", like when you come unprepared and use this question to get out of an uncomfortable lesson. Yes. I confess. But I only used it twice. And I will ALWAYS carry nail clippers in my purse. Forever and ever.)
-When they offer to teach you during the Winter Break, Summer Vacation, or an extra lesson on the weekend.
I never thought I would say this, but, um, I actually enjoy lessons. Especially if I prepare for them. Ahem.
-When they tell you not to schedule more lessons but to go do something FUN.
-When they don't chastise or embarrass you for having post-studio-class-meltdowns, pre-jury- breakdowns, or other emotional-water-works-moments. Yes, these happened a lot. But hugs were often involved. I told you my teachers were wonderful.
-When they invite the whole studio over for a party with homemade Beef Stroganoff, ice cream, and readings from Winnie the Pooh.
-When they call you the day before your juries to reassure you that you're going to do fine, not to stress, take it easy, and have fun.
Many thanks to Ms. L. and S.!