A lot of people teach for the money!! I teach a full load, have for years, but I consider teaching AND technique an ongoing quest. You have to fight and push to improve, improve, and not get stale. I recently lost a student (after 1 lesson, which was supposed to be enough to prepare her for an audition!!) because the mother wanted her to take from a high school kid; they're more flexible, she says. The child NEEDS lessons. This drives me crazy, I could go on & on (have, haven't I?)
: I have a friend who has decided to start teaching violin lessons to some young students. I've hinted that she shouldn't try it for several reasons.
: 1. She has quit taking lessons herself and doesn't practice regularly
: 2. She is only 17 and has no experience teaching.
: 3. She doesn't play very well and has poor technique (she played Meditation from Thais last year and I must say did a bad job of it - bad rythm, terrible tone.)
: 4. The things she does do right, she has no idea how she does them- it just 'works'.
: She's doing it because she needs the money (and I can understand that!) but I'm worried for her students. My first teachers were very bad, and were it not for an excellent teacher I stumbled upon, I probably wouldn't be playing. As it was, it took me years to fix all my bad habits. Is the same thing going to happen with my friend's students, or am I overparanoid?