A Fitting Quote on Teaching

I was reading a book on SQL Server the other day and found this quote on teaching that I thought was worth sharing:

In life, we encounter two classes of masters, those who share their mastery solely through their work and those who take on apprentices to further their craft–to pass it on and share it with others.

David Campbell
General Manager, Microsoft SQL Server

I think that’s also exactly what we try to do when we strive to teach music – we take on apprentices in our craft and pass on knowledge to them.

Then every once in a while, we teach a student who in turn takes it to heart to such an extent that he/she also becomes a teacher one day and passes it on the the next generation.

That’s just the way it should be!

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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