Don't Coddle, Discipline

For those of you that have taken lessons from me, you know how I work. I will teach you the skills you need to succeed at music (and life, for that matter), I'm not going to spoon feed music. Obviously, the older the student gets, the more independent they become. I give all my students the fair warning that "Someday, you will not need me to correct your mistakes. You will gain the skills you need to succeed if you practice and follow what I teach you". Does it make me a harsh teacher? I don't think si. Furthermore, I'm happy to say that I get very positive results from my students and they all seem to like me just fine. I'm not posting this to brag about my teaching, just supporting the article's stance on why tough teachers are effective. The article is a great read, and it may give you some perspective as to why some of us simply won't coddle our students. Enjoy.

Source: http://m.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702...