Day 4 of the Guitar Teacher Summit. This blog post is coming out the day after due to the fact that we were discussing well into the night and morning after.
The highlight of the event is the session on Dynamic Teaching. Tom Hess found new ways of teaching guitar students (or students of any other instrument) with 200% efficiency respect to all previous ways of teaching.
I know this sounds an exaggeration, but if you could see what I have in front of me right now you will realize that I am actually downplaying it. I've never seen anything similar before, and believe me, I studied quite a lot of pedagogy.
My students (in fact al the students at Edmonton Guitar Music School...) need to prepare themselves for a complete revolution of their lessons... we are going to make you progress FAST, make things incredibly easy, make you have more and more fun.
Man, I sound like an infomercial... :-) But it's all 100% true.
I see how in these blog posts I spent more time talking about WHAT we are doing, but WHO we are doing it with is even more important. So I want to spend a moment talking about the people here, ad the environment we are in.
We are spending 10h a day with 50+ people who are all dedicated to excellence in teaching. We are reviewing each other's practices, and we don't pull any punches. Despite appearances, 6 days of this is actually a pretty short time, so we are communicating in a very direct way. If anyone who is not accustomed to this community could hear any of our conversation, he would think we are all jerks being rude with one another.
The reality is that we REALLY REALLY care about each other. When we realize that one of us is doing things is a wrong or even just inefficient way, we make it a point to help that person. Given that there is very little time for us to be here together, we tend to dispense of some unnecessary niceties.
Well, I like it :-)
This means that I have no problem being chewed out in public (and this already happened to me a few times) as long as this helps me make the lessons better for my students. No compromises.
(now, I need to specify that not all people here get chewed out in public, only the ones who explicitly ask for feedback. Which I do every time)
Now it's time for the lessons of day 5 (in fact we already started), so I end this post here. See you later :-)