Nightmare teacher rant!
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Nightmare teacher rant!
May 14 2012, 02:16 PM
Joined: 11-March 12
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May 16 2012, 08:37 PM
Joined: 18-September 04
From: Central London, England
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But of course we all know teachers of any subject that fundamently are lacking in teaching abilities. I had two esteemed professors at Uni that made me cry with boredom even though they were experts in what was supposed to be my favorite modules. Droning voices, no ability to impart knowledge, oh they were tiresome and tideous compared to the other tutors who held our attention and shared their enthusiasm of the subject .
In the case of music teachers and young children its real hard to get it right. I agree its very personal. One of my daughters had a viola teacher that had every paper qualification in the book, was a former child progidy, well known composer.long line of string players in the family etc., but she couldnt stand him! To her mind he was too dippy, always asking "where are we supposed to be now", as far as she as concerned he should know! He forgot she was coming, even left her standing outside in the rain once and he just irritated her. She wanted someone more focused on teaching HER! Not composing in his head whilst teaching her. And worse in her eyes he accompanied her on an accordian not a proper piano! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) I liked him but I had to accept he wasnt good for HER. The new viola teacher was incredibly strict with a very focused timetable. My daughter loved her, as she knew where she was supposed to be and what she was supposed to aim for. She responded to organised focused teaching.
I too have been on this forum for several years and would completely agree that there are far more negative posts on parents than on teachers. I dont know why this is but keen parents are often labled pushy, yet when you read between the lines "non-musical" parents, are simply (in my mind) desperately trying to be supportive. Often they are parents who are excited at their childs musical skills and dont actually realise that they are just standard and not that amazing, and boy do they get bashed on this forum (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/dry.gif) Many leaving in disgust! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif) Yet other parents do have children that are very very good and they want to find a way to support them to the level where said child can be professional.
Some parents are chasing music places and why not? The educational environment today has motivated many in this direction. So they do want to move through grades a little faster so that they have the necessary paperwork to enable their child to have a shot at a music place. This requires a cooperative teacher. It can be done It has been done. if said teacher doesnt want to, parent will find another one but this doesnt mean they are a "bad parent". Some parents are hoping for funding and these more often than not require a specific grade with a distinction, which means they want the child to move faster than teacher may have originally planned. Some parents have to deal with genuine objectional teachers who are simply jealous of the effort, time and energy that said parent is puttin in, and do all they can to put a spoke in the wheel and I have seen this and heard this in the Staff Room! Such teachers literally sneer at the parents attempts to support their child's music progress. And yet other music teachers will go out of their way to support a child.
So we agree that all the teachers are different and while I can comprehend the moaning about some parents, surely we, parents can be allowed to have a bit of a moan about the odd "not very good" teacher o nthis forum without a backlash (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
If we are being sarcastic perhaps we can make use of the clickable smilies as sometimes such an emotion is lost in the written word - lack of vocal tone and facial features is a hazard of forums (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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