Thursday, December 1, 2011

Why I Post Videos

TO INSPIRE AND TEACH - This is a big reason why I post videos of my students, and inspiration goes two ways.  I hope to inspire my students to practice, and I hope to inspire those who listen to their recordings.  It is an honor for me to record my students, no matter what their level of experience or expertise.

Others who listen to these videos may be inspired to learn an instrument or learn a song that they have heard someone else play.  Even a teacher can learn new things!   I listen to others' videos to learn new songs and new variations to songs I already know.  Sometimes I listen for the pure joy of music!

TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO SHARE WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED - Not only am I proud, but so are they!  When these videos have been posted, parents, grandparents and others who are interested have the ability to view them.

Case in point?  I have a student who is in his mid-70's.  I took and posted a video of him playing a song.  He figured out how to view the video from his cell phone.  He showed it to his children, to several nurses at the hospital, and several others.  How wonderful!  He keeps track of the "hits" on YouTube and is proud of his post.  So am I!  How many 70-year olds do you know that decide for the first time in their life that they want to learn to play a musical instrument?  Who better than a 70-year old to inspire another 70-year old?

I wish I could share with you all the reasons I am proud of each student.  I have students that have natural talent, and I have students that are not born with natural talent.  I have students with all different types of physical disabilities.  I have students of all different ages from 2 years old to 80 years old.  What I know is that it doesn't matter!  Success is not determined by these things.  If a student is willing to work hard, there are so many things that a student can overcome.  If you only knew what each student had overcome, you would be as proud as I am!  What I can promise you is that YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!

2 comments:

juliewild73 said...

I am so glad you do! It has really motivated Tyson to try harder, practice more, and do better! He loves showing the videos to friends and family!

Chris Talley Armstrong said...

That is wonderful to hear! I love teaching Tyson.