Last week I experienced one of those small moments which make it all worthwhile.
Once again it is exam season, and I had extra rehearsals with students who I see once a year, when I accompany them for their instrumental exams.
This particular girl is an able student, but one who has skipped through all her previous exams with the bare minimum of effort required to still pass the exam.
Imagine my delight, then, to discover that this year she is preparing diligently, and not only has mastered the notes, but is now able to spend time on interpretation and musical expression, since she isn’t still stumbling on notes.
And I made sure to tell her how impressed I was.
Unrealised potential is surely one of the low points of my job experience.
And I find that this comes in two main ways:
- The child who finds everything easy, and so never does more than the bare minimum, and
- The child who does too many activities, is good at all of them, but never manages to excel at any.
In fact, time and again, I have so much admiration for the slower student, the student who doesn’t appear to have an extraordinary talent, the student who has to work so much harder to achieve what the other students do so effortlessly.
And yet over time, it is often these students who eclipse the more able, due to their solid and sustained practise and their determination.
I commend any student on application, and only hope that all are able to apply themselves and achieve the highest possible level for themselves, and to experience the pride that only comes with working and achieving to the very best of their ability.