We’re always looking for ways to inspire our students, yes? I think a big part of the equation for inspiring others is being inspired ourselves. When we are passionate about what we do, this can really light a fire for others. Sometimes however, our passions and inspirations are far removed from our students. Have you noticed that they don’t listen to the same kind of music in their free time that we do? Have you noticed that they are not typically fascinated by the same things that fascinate us? Do you ever feel like you are “losing touch” with what energizes them and can inspire them? There’s obviously more that goes into inspiring our students than just being inspired ourselves, though that it is a great place to start.
Well, I think Leila Viss has done it again…found a way to inspire her students with people that are not only interesting to her as a classical musician, but also interesting to her young students. She has developed a program called “Get Inspired” about which she says this:
We all know that stickers, charts, music money, trophies, perhaps even competitions(?) can motivate students to progress but these “tactics” are just that, extrinsic motivators to get your students to do what YOU want.
However, why not find more ways to trigger intrinsic motivation so that your students achieve and move forward just because THEY want to?
Nothing inspires me more than seeing someone do something that I want to do. With the availability of videos at our finger tips thanks to YouTube, our young musicians can see others excel and having fun making music.
In the upcoming weeks, look for new “Episode” pages with brief bios and videos of various artists and guided questions for your young musicians to GET INSPIRED!
So, I checked out the First Episode and it’s wonderful! She posts a number of interesting YouTube videos and then listening guides and questions for episode. There’s quite a collection in terms of styles of music and the performers include a great collection of young performers to which students will easily connect. I always appreciate when a blogger is methodical and organized about a program like this. It’s definitely one that you could implement in your own studio and send your students to Leila’s new episodes as they come out.
Here’s the 2nd post. Check it out and visit often to find more episodes!