Who knew one could be so lazy?
Actually, I know. I totally know.
I think I always shied away from getting my students to practice in front of me because I thought it would be a waste of their money. Turns out, it's the fastest way for me to observe and point out things that I would never have been about to notice before! I was able to give much better advice to my students on ways to practice that would actually work on them.
If you're a teacher, and you haven't tried this yet, maybe try this out and let me know what you think? It'd be cool to know what other teachers think. :)
This was not actually supposed to be editing-heavy.
But, of course, I can't resist some good edits that the footage practically begs for. So I'm now typing this at 3am before the video is supposed to be published.
The random "ad" was completely unplanned. Adding in footage from actual practice sessions took for ever to track down (each practice session was at least an hour long). This video wasn't even supposed to end up as funny as it was.
There's something magical about making a video that is COMPLETELY unplanned. I'm completely myself, and I'm not trying to make a point. I'm just sharing an experience.
I feel like I'm finally starting to get my spark back for editing. I'm really glad I've pushed through. :)
I didn't know if I wanted to call this video, "My 5-minute slow practicing trick!" because I feel like it's a little too click-baity. I don't make click-bait-worthy videos, lol. It's really just a random private flute teacher rambling about her teaching epiphanies.
I'm still super excited to share this "trick" with you guys. It's not so much a trick as much as a way to set a concrete and realistic time frame for your practice sessions. These days, this type of practicing really isn't all that natural or normal anymore. I've realized now that instead of assuming that students know they should be practicing this way, it's up to me as their teacher to train them to sink into that meditative state of practicing. I don't think it's much different from a martial arts teacher who teaches students to slow down and work on their accuracy. I figured I could do the same!
I hope this is helpful and at least interesting to y'all. Love you guys a lot, happy practicing!
So much for filming this last week! :P I'm just uploading this video, and it's 1:12am right now where I am. Oh well! It was actually a nice break to not have to film this week, so I'm feeling pretty excited to film again next week! :)
I spent a long time trying to think of the title for this video. Some runner-ups were:
I think the thing I didn't like about any of these titles was that it didn't encompass what the entire video was about. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of video titles that seem to imply that the whole video is about one topic, but it's actually about a broad range of topics. After a long time, I realized that the video walked through my journey as a music teacher from my first student until now! The current title just made perfect sense--it nicely introduces what the entire video is about without spoiling everything.
This process of coming up with the title is pretty typical of my videos, but this time, I really couldn't come up with a title until it was exporting! It was on my mind as I got this post started, so I thought it be a fun thing to share.
Happy teaching! ;)
I wasn't lazy this time! It helps that I always have my microphone out, now that I livestream almost every day. ;) I even have my flute out from teaching lessons! I'm learning to squeeze in time to make videos instead of just waiting for an entire half day to film. There just isn't time for that kind of filming anymore! It's both a sad and happy thing. Sad because it was awesome to devote so much time to crafting fun videos and I don't get to do it quite like that anymore. But happy because it means I'm actually doing more of what I really want to mostly do--teach! It's rather bittersweet.
With regards to this video, I found myself telling this story a lot to my students! I use it to demonstrate just how long it really takes to learn a new embouchure. I want my students to know that it's not fair to themselves to expect to learn a new embouchure instantly. Our muscles just don't work that way! Even if you do miraculously get it a few times during a lesson, it still takes weeks to drill it into your subconscious. Yes, subconscious. That's how deeply you need to know a new embouchure. It needs to be something you know so well that you aren't even thinking about it--it's part of you now.
And hey, guess what. After all these years, I can still make this face on command, even if I haven't made it in a few weeks or months! I never have to think about it anymore--all thanks to those three months I devoted to learning it. If I can do it, you can too!! Finding the correct flute embouchure for you will not always evade you! You can do it!! :D