World Teachers’ Day
Yesterday, October 5th, 2020, we celebrated World Teachers’ Day. Being a teacher is more than just a job. When someone dedicates their life to teaching, it means more than just imparting knowledge. Teaching means providing inspiration, guidance, moral values, and self-confidence. A good teacher will discover the good in every each one of their students.
Music teachers do more than explaining to you how to place your fingers on the keys of the piano, or how to tune your guitar. Teaching music is passing on an everlasting gift! From Nabi Music, with this post, we want to honor every teacher, and especially the music teachers who are part of our online community.
Why do we celebrate World Teachers’ Day today?
UNICEF, the International Labour Organization, and Education International established World Teachers’ Day. This celebration takes us back to 1994, the first time it was held on October 5th. Why did the UNESCO and the ILO choose this specific date? Because on October 5th, 1966, the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers was officially adopted. According to UNESCO, it “sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions”.
World Teachers’ Day marks the perfect occasion to recognize progress and reflect on how to respond to the remaining –and new- challenges for promoting the profession. This year, the theme is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. With the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers worldwide have been making tremendous efforts to adjust to the new normality and to make sure no student is left behind. In every country of the world, teachers have become guardians of the right for education, sometimes in the most unimaginable adverse conditions.
For every student, World Teachers’ Day provides an opportunity to remember their favorite teacher and thank them for all their hard work and dedication.
Some inspiring quotes on teaching
- ‘A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.’ –Henry Adams
- ‘The word ‘education’ comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.’ –Muriel Spark
- ‘Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.’ –John Steinbeck
- ‘I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.’ –Albert Einstein
- ‘Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.’ –Aristotle
- ‘I cannot be a teacher without exposing who I am.’ –Paulo Freire
- ‘The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ –Maria Montessori
The qualities of a good music teacher
You may be a prodigy with the violin, or sound as a god of thunder on the drum set, but do you have what it takes to teach others? There are many talented, passionate musicians out there, but not all of them are necessarily good music teachers. You may love music, but if you want to inspire this love in others, you need some specific characteristics only a real music teacher has. Many of these qualities apply to teaching anything (from being a kindergarten teacher to teaching a foreign language), but some are specific for music teachers.
- Being patient: Every student learns at her own pace. Some children (or adults) may get it right away, while others may need different approaches, more time to practice, and extra encouragement. Your task is not giving up even when they feel like doing it themselves. This may be especially challenging when teaching young kids, but at the same time, it is twice as rewarding!
- Commitment: A good music teacher wants their students to learn, and to enjoy their lessons. You should dedicate plenty of time to preparing your classes and giving your undivided attention to each student in their time. Of course, students need to be committed as well if they want to see progress. If your students are still children, getting the families involved is a huge step forward.
- Goal-oriented: Music teachers, in particular music tutors who provide private lessons, should base their programs on specific goals for each student. What kind of music does your new student like? Do they prefer a classical formation or are they looking forward to composing music? In any case, you should impart your lessons according to their individual interests and preferences if you want to keep them engaged.
- A real love for music: I once told you a story about a young piano teacher who only did it for her mother’s pressure, and never got to play again once she got her diploma. It’s easy to notice the moral: you can only teach if you love people, and you can only teach music if you are truly passionate about it.
How can you find the ideal music instructor for you?
If you are currently looking forward to learning music, here in Nabi Music we have hundreds of excellent music tutors that are waiting for your request. Remember you can easily sign up for your first trial music lesson in 3 minutes or less. It is easy and it is free!
To make sure you find the right instructor for your current needs, check out their profiles: you’ll find their experience, their formation, their location, and their availability; some of them also include videos so you can listen to their performances and make sure they fit your style of preference. Nabi Music also offers a background check of our instructors, so you can feel safe.
We hope every teacher feels loved and appreciated, not only on World Teachers’ Day but every day! And for all of our music instructors on Nabi Music, we wish you a happy day; we send lots of love and huge THANKS!