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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000591.txt from 2000/04

From: Neil Leupold <leupold_1@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] RE: Student motivation
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:49:44 -0400

--- webler1 <webler1@-----.com> wrote:

> One of the points that I constantly stress to my students is the setting of
> goals. If you keep you mind on the goals than the process becomes less of
> a strain. If they recognize that the process is part of achieving the goal,
> than the process can actually become more enjoyable. Primarily because they
> will see progress toward that goal.

It may seem like an obvious point to some, but it is actually quite important
to emphasize that the goals be reasonable relative to the student's level of
ability. Otherwise, that important sense of progress and achievement will never
be felt. The student will always feel deficient relative to where they would
like to be (technically and musically). Unless they're extremely neurotic and
obsessive (like I was as an undergrad), they might just give up the instrument
entirely.

-- Neil

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