My students are doing so well these days! They always work hard and come into lessons ready to learn, but in the past month or so, a lot of them have reached previously-set goals, which is always really gratifying for me to see.
One of my long-time students recently summoned the courage to audition for her local district music festival, got in, and had a great time at the festival. She's also working on undergraduate-level music and concepts even though she's only in eighth grade. I wonder if she'll pursue music as a career.
A newer student of mine came to my studio several months ago as a novice with the intent to get good enough to join her school band. This past weekend, she came into her lesson and told me that she had spoken to the band teacher and signed up to join band in the fall. She's very excited and I'm proud of the progress she's made.
One of my adult students has been coming to lessons consistently despite having had some dental work that makes playing the flute difficult. We've had a chance over the past few weeks to look at some concepts that might normally get put on the back burner during lessons; body mapping, mindfulness, and how to practice when you aren't feeling well have been popular topics in our meetings these days. I have a lot of respect for his dedication to music and learning despite the physical challenge of working around dental pain.
I like to think that I have something to do with the great progress my students are making, but the truth is that it's a team effort. I give my students every bit of knowledge I can and do my best to be aware of their needs, but they also put in the effort at home during their practice time. In the case of younger students, the parents also play an important role; they are the ones who buy the instruments and music, pay for lessons, drive the kids back and forth, and make sure they practice. This is no easy undertaking!
I'm grateful to have such a dedicated and fun group of students; I really enjoy going into the studio every week and doing my part to get these kids (and adults) where they want to go.