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This question is for Beth and any of the other violin teachers on here:  What makes a "good" student?  What makes  an "exceptional" student?     On the flip side, what makes a student hard to teach or a "bad" student?    Thanks!

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Posted: October 31, 2011
Last Comment: November 3, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 3, 2011
Once again, I have to agree completely with Jo. The students who are passionate and enthusiastic about playing are the students who listen carefully to what I say, trust me, practice hard, ask questions, etc. The hours with those students fly by at lightening speed. The thing I love most about teaching is the incredible energy that is created between teacher and student, both inspiring each other to be the best they can be. A little cliche, but it's true.

Every now and then I get a student (a little kiddo) who really doesn't even like the violin. Case in point: a neighbor asked me to teach her daughter who had been studying the violin for several years. This child, although I adore her and think she is the spunkiest sharpest kid on the block, (next to my is a hard student to teach because fundamentally she doesn't enjoy playing the violin. The lessons drug, I decided, without any qualms about taking her parent's money, that I would "not" teacher her violin. I would teach her to love and understand music. I brought out the big, software, microphones..and I am letting her create her own music, write her own score (she is a natural with new software) using her violin to create the music. Who knows what the outcome will be. But I can say she's thoroughly engaged in music right now and can't wait for the next lesson.

Posted: November 3, 2011
I am going to 'bump' this question up if not it will 'slip away' from Beth's eyes ;)

I am not a teacher but I know a couple of teachers and I have heard them talking (sssshhhh don't tell them I was peeping LOL)

A good student is one who is keen to learn, LOVES their instrument, comes to lesson (and pays on time hehehe), is full of motivation, practices during the week regularly, tells their teacher if they don't understand something or if they are struggling with something (be it with the instrument or with life in general if it is interfering with their studies), listens to their teacher and trusts them and follows his/her instructions but does say if something is not clear/does not seem to make much sense.  

Actually, the above is also an outstanding student!

a 'not so good' student is the opposite ;)