Translating Your Artistic Passion into Legacy Teaching
Cornelia Watkins, Houston, TX
Laurie Scott, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Highly skilled performers have much to offer their students. Sometimes however the transfer of performance skills, independence, musicianship, and professionalism is not always “as easy as it looks.” As a participant in this 5-hour interactive session, you will examine the best of what you do as a performer, and explore approaches to teach effectively at any level, develop vital relationships with students and colleagues, and ways to inspire and prepare students for life-long music making.
Using the text “From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers” as a springboard we will examine:
• Approaches to sequencing skills and knowledge with long-range goals in mind.
• Ways to support individual student goals while creating a framework for consistent student development
• Teaching approaches that nurture student self-awareness and independence.
• Practicing skills that accelerate students’ confidence and the ability to transfer and apply skills across musical settings.
• Principals that guide effective instruction as well as a personal philosophy of teaching.
• Pathways towards cultivating meaningful relationships with colleagues as well as an inclusive and supportive studio culture
Utilizing a handbook specifically designed for this session, we will reflect on our best ideas, discover ways to ensure a positive teaching legacy, and consider ways to improve areas of challenge in our own teaching. Teachers will have time to work together and learn from each other in both large and small groups, modeling the inspiration and strength provided by a community of creative thinkers.
At the end of the session you will have established both short and long-term goals aligned with your own personal approach, gained new teaching ideas to put to immediate use, created a list of both short and long term goals for yourself and for your students, discovered new ways to experience conference sessions and gained inspiration for extending your musical legacy.