Course of Study
Purpose of document:
Alongside your general approach to teaching and your priorities for yourself and your students (as laid out in your teaching philosophy statement), it is very helpful to have a broad plan for what you plan to teach students as they attain various levels of skill proficiency. A Course of Study document of this type will always be growing and evolving as you learn of new materials and pedagogical tactics, but it is a helpful reference for both you and your students as you work together.
Having discussed priorities for teaching and assessment, it’s important to put your ideas into regular practice; as you’ve read and as we’ve discussed, teaching itself is as much a skillful activity as is performance, and needs to be honed by careful and regular practice. The primary objective here is to start determining which sorts of tools and processes will best strengthen your own teaching
Master Teacher Interview
Much of what we learn from our applied teachers is subconscious or reflexive – over years of lessons, we build habits that guide our thoughts and actions long after the lessons have ended, and a good applied teacher knows this and crafts their studio environment to make the most of it. But there is great benefit for developing teachers to also discuss openly with master teachers both the explicit and implicit aspects of applied lessons, in order to better understand their own actions in the studio.