When Andrea and I were in Scotland we popped into the national museum to escape the rain and stumbled upon Dolly the cloned sheep. And while taxidermy’s not really our bag, it was still kind of cool to check out the world’s most famous sheep… even if I do think cloning is a creepy idea.
I understand scientists have their reasons for cloning… like bringing back extinct species. But I’ve got enough on my plate as it is let alone having to worry about outrunning a woolly mammoth every time I walk the dog.
Maybe my stance is a tad ignorant, but experimenting with cloning living species seems to be more problematic than beneficial.
Why Cloning Presents a Problem For Piano Teachers Too
Are you inadvertently cloning yourself each and every time you teach a piano lesson? When you watch your piano recital do you see a whole whack of Little Miss Music Teacher’s running around?
When teaching children piano it is easy to settle into a teaching style that makes you comfortable; to present music that suits your taste, and to structure a lesson that matches your pace.
And for some students this may work. You may indeed succeed in cloning your piano persona. Some students may love your style… embrace your style.
But many may not.
Thanks to an inability to successfully clone humans, science has allowed us to remain as diverse a species as any, and the teaching methods and styles that may suit you won’t always suit your piano students.
Which is why, as teachers, we need to adopt multiple personalities… to morph our styles to match the learning needs of each of our students… to find music that appeals to their personal tastes.
When this happens, many common piano problems seen in students (lack of practice, lack of motivation, disruptive behaviour) disappear without a trace.
So, if you’ve been inadvertently experimenting with cloning, I urge you to abandon your research in favor of chameleon field studies. Becoming a piano teacher with multiple personalities is not an easy task… but neither is running from a rabid mammoth.