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More about the “mental landscape” of the student

February 24, 2017

originally posted on Facebook on 2/2/16

Everything that the teacher can do to gain an insight into the student’s mental landscape is of great value, and contributes to a wise selection of how to explain, how to frame, etc. the current ‘new’ piece of information.

No matter how young the student is, there are already many things in the student’s mind having to do with music and the piano. Simply presenting what the teacher considers, abstractly or logically, to be a ‘basic’ piece of information misses the goal of having that information assimilated comfortably.

There are always subtle cues given by the student to this inner nature. Every sensor, every antenna possessed by the teacher to sense out this mental landscape is important.

We will discuss some of these soon.


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