Have you ever found yourself in a situation and thought, "Why didn't anyone prepare me for this?"
I'll give you an example: it wasn't until I moved to Cambridge, MA that I realized that, while I had learned how to parallel park years ago, no one had ever showed me how to do it on the left side of the street. Not exactly a devastating lack of knowledge, but still something that probably should have been addressed in driver's ed. Because I grew up in a fairly rural area that doesn't have a lot of narrow, one-way streets like Cambridge does, it just never came up when I was learning how to drive, but my teacher probably should have anticipated that some of us would have to drive in a city at some point.
I keep this in mind when I work with my flute students, and I do my best to get them ready for what's up ahead. I teach my middle school kids how to be high school section leaders. I teach my high schoolers how to be inquisitive college students. I don't just try to bring my students up to par with what's happening currently in their fledgling music careers, and I do my best not to limit them.
At the end of the day, I want for my students to walk into any situation, whether it be a rehearsal, an audition, or their own teaching studio, and for them to feel wholly prepared for the task at hand.
Did you ever have an experience that made you realize you didn't know as much as you thought you did? Ever have a teacher who really gave you the skills to make it? Share in the comments!