Special Sunday: The Mature Student Who Still Practices Every Day!
As the student grows, the fun games of childhood are replaced with more mature “games.” It is no longer necessary for parents to create enjoyable and beneficial daily practice. In fact, parents can sit back in awe, admiring their child’s beauty, competence, responsible nature, and happiness.
What keeps the student practicing daily as he/she matures? I think it is the whole fascinating process of continuing to learn how wonderful learning is, having a teacher who appreciates the unique style of learning the student has. What was once childish joy (with careful adult guidance), has matured into mutual collaboration between student and teacher. The student takes over more and more of his/her role. To BE A STUDENT is to have appreciation for one’s:
1. special, unique method of learning,
2. knowing the practicing methods which work and those which do not,
3. staying the course with curiosity and willingness to solve challenges,
4. not having to have the answers, but learning with the questions,
5. increasing the ability to listen at a deeper and deeper level,
6. enjoying sharing music with others, whether it is in playing together, or performing for others.
BUT ABOVE ALL ELSE, LOVING IT SO MUCH WOULD MAKE A DAY
WITHOUT PRACTICING INCOMPLETE!