I had an interesting before school session with a young lady.
She was having SmartMusic trouble at home and wondered if she could use one of the practice room computers.
I opened up a practice room and we chatted about what might be going on with her machine at home and that gave her some ideas. (I think it will be a mic placement issue.) I went to hang up my coat and started to practice. I had several students waiting, so I popped in later to see how she was doing.
Yesterday, she was annoyed with me when I tried to tell her about her wrong notes.
This morning she noticed the same wrong notes and fixed them herself using the find a fingering feature.
We were both pleased.
My student was happy. She figured it out herself. She didn't have to figure it out in front of everyone. She got the information she wanted right when she needed it. These may not seem like big deals to adults, but we are talking about a middle schooler here. Wanting to be independent and not potentially embarrassing yourself are huge motivators!
I was happy. I have a student solving her own problems. I bet she will remember the solutions much better because she discovered them herself. We'll see next rehearsal.
She left just as I was starting to help another student with the same song. There was a proud, knowing smile on her face.