Tags: bad teacher
Hysterically funny but only because it is so close to the truth. My husband teaches guitar. He once asked a student to practice, and the student quit!
I don’t understand why you felt you had to go to a “teacher.” Surely purchasing a real guitar should make you a player automatically. Or watching guitar playing on the internet. Paying for a teacher and a guitar when you could just watch other people playing and get exactly the same benefit – well, you deserve to lose your money
Wow, Teachbad, I’m sorry you had to experience that. Everyone knows that the best music teachers teach their students through osmosis. As a student, all you should be expected to do is show up and sit in the same room while the teacher plays at you! No, wait, even expecting you to show up all the time is expecting too much. You should only show up when you feel like it. I’ll bet that bastard expected to come every week, didn’t he?!? Geez.
Seriously though, this was hilarious. You sound like my choir kids wondering why they didn’t get the solo (before I stopped doing solos because I got tired of all the bitching, that is). And people wonder why I don’t teach private piano on the side.
I understand the comparison and you’ve made it cleverly. But, with respect, I’m not sure the two things are similar enough to be compared. It assumes that school — a place they do not want to be, learning about subjects they do not want to learn about — is the same as a guitar lessons — something students are not legally required to take up and those who do take it up generally want to get good. Whether or not students want to put the work into either, the work of school seems to students so abstract, so meaningless, that even as a high school teacher, I can’t blame them for not wanting to do most of it.
LOL I know this is meant to be a metaphor for teaching, but it really reminded me of when my mom forced me to take piano lessons as a kid…I actually didn’t mind playing the piano or going to the lessons, but I never wanted to practice and I hated doing my theory book exercises. One day at the lesson, it was obvious I hadn’t practiced, and I probably hadn’t done my theory book homework either, and my piano teacher (frustrated as hell, I’m sure) said, “If you don’t want to practice, then you should probably quit.” I was soooo excited and couldn’t wait to tell my mom, “The piano teacher told me to quit!” And I did. Now I sort of wish I had practiced and learned more piano…oh well. Kids always know better what’s good for them than their parents and teachers, of course!
Gee, at least you provided your own guitar. If this was to parallel my school, you better have pencils, paper, and books ready for the students, too. They don’t come with them, and they won’t be leaving with them either.
Oh so true!!
Professor Harold Hill of Music Man fame already had this down – you know – “The Think Method”!
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