Roles & Responsibilities
Many people, including teacher's themselves, believe that most if not all the responsibility for achieving educational objectives rests solely with the instructor. The teacher is expected to provide not only the method and structure for the child's development, but the discipline, inspiration, and motivation to sustain the student through the entire week. Such an expectation is not only impossible to meet but absurd.
Piano teachers typically get about 30-60 minutes per week of face-time with students. How on earth are we supposed to have any control over the remaining 6 days and 23+ hours?
Here at Piano Belloso Music Studio, a three-way partnership has been put into effect with the acknowledgement that the student, parent(s), and teacher all act as a TEAM. That is what achieves results, and through this partnership, students flourish.
I often describe this partnership as a well-run restaurant....
My role in the restaurant analogy is that of a supplier. I source and provide the best quality ingredients, so that "chefs" can take those ingredients and make their "culinary masterpiece."
Parents play a much more important and active role in my studio than in what some might experience elsewhere; but this is because they are an essential piece in the three-way partnership.
Going back to the restaurant analogy, parents are the restaurant manager, overseeing the day-to-day activities of both the supplier and chef(s). They bring discipline and organization into a place that could pretty easily descend into chaos without an elevated perspective.
Students are the "chef." And the "kitchen" is where the real magic happens - which is at home every week after the lesson. Without the quality ingredients, the meals might be sub-par, but without the chef's active and diligent creativity in preparing the food, a restaurant would be lost.