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"The relationship between a student and a teacher can be one of the most special and meaningful relationships in life. Like an apprentice to a master carpenter, or a young intern learning from a surgeon, the student musician will gain most from his relationship with a teacher if he is aware of his responsibility, thinking of himself as an active rather than a passive participant. In a good lesson, a student should maintain a balance between two specific attitudes that may seem contradictory but are not. One attitude is a kind of aggressiveness that says: 'Look what I can play for you. Look what I've worked on this week. Look what I've achieved. Listen to me. I can't wait to play this for you.' I like to see that kind of aggressive, positive attitude in a student, but this should be balanced with a strong desire on the part of the student to listen and to learn. This is the second attitude of reflection and introspection. One shouldn't be a student who just wants to play, play, play." Jeanne Baxtresser, Flute Talk Magazine. May/June 1988.

Thoughts on being a teacher:
By Cathryn S. Lee

Talented teachers are those special teachers who can take each child and guide their individual, personal qualities and put them into music; use their individual qualities at the lesson to get them involved in a lesson point, and use those qualities as a guide on how to teach each individual child.

The teacher consequently has to know when to be flexible; when to be more deliberate; when to let go or when to pull in. To summarize what I heard teacher trainer, Mihoko Hirata say- Teaching is like flying a kite. If you pull too hard, the kite crashes to the ground. If you hold it too loosely, it will blow away or you'll lose it. If you pull it gently or let it go a little bit at a time when you feel it needs it, the kite will soar.