Was praying to have a good day at work today. I was really excited about a parent who is an instrumentalist for the symphony and her child that I am teaching, until during class in one of my exercises, I discovered that she’s a musician..fantastic!
Until, after classes, she’s discussing with me what she likes and doesn’t like after each class…downer.
I’ve had teachers in my music and drama classes before. However, I’ll have to roll with the punches on this one. The parent is a difficult student. She’s trying to figure out everything that I’m doing and why. I would like for her to be on time for classes for one thing. Oops. I’m supposed to be positive. Okay. I’m thankful to have a lot of my dad’s patience (for children at least). Since turning 40, I can tell it’s waning a bit.
I was really excited to talk with her about Orff-Schulwerk technique … crickets…. and music friendly stuff that could be useful since she was interested in doing puppet plays for her neighborhood. Had a great conversation about the ASO Symphony Street performances that my students attended. Wrote a grant for 220 tickets so that first grade could hear the Symphony. However, it’s not working out. Don’t see a future lunch date after this session.
I’ll have to explain my reasons after class for the techniques that I use. Oops!!! Yippee!!!! I’ll have the DeKalb Honor Chorus Festival (which I love) next Saturday, so I won’t see her. Her daughter is cute though, extremely shy which shows in her body physically until she relaxes with the group.
So, the question of the day is this (by my professional musician parent).
How can a parent teach a child how to share? It’s a great question. I redirected her to other parents, since I’m not a parent myself. They would be more helpful to her, I think. I’ll do some research on it as well.
Anyone have any ideas? I was hoping to have some great conversations with this parent. Unfortunately, I’m stuck with her critiques, like the class should be just action and less talking. True, however, a child needs to comprehend my exercises with some questions so that I know the child comprehends the exercises. Her daughter is extremely shy too so the child needs to talk more within the group. It’s stuff like that…. Anyone have social skill ideas that I can use? Or that she can use? I need to survive so that I can teach a future class.
Note: Maybe she’s just being observant and helpful. Artistic people MUST have a thick skin. That’s a mandatory job description.