Thanks for chiming in! I'm looking forward to hearing from more Mudcatters over the next little while.
Bruce, I didn't have any particular question I wanted answered or problem to solve, I was more interested in hearing people's perspectives on teaching and I was hoping we might be able to carry on a conversation about what teaching means for us, how we approach it, what we like about it/don't like about it, things we've discovered that might be of interest to others.
I was a student of Rick Fielding's, and it was Rick who first told me he thought I'd be a good teacher. At the time, I probably wasn't quite ready. I tried for a while, but I wasn't able to get things going sustainably, so I went back to "normal" jobs for a while, and continued working on my music and getting better as a performer.
Along the way I became one of the organizers of The Woods Music and Dance camp, a week-long folk music retreat for adults. It was always a struggle for us in programming to "cover" beginning guitar, so I started teaching the beginning guitar class. I've now done that for at least 14 years, and I love it!
That eventually led to really starting to teach in earnest about five years ago, and I haven't looked back. Over time I've developed something of a "curriculum" but I don't end up following it very closely most of the time, unless I'm teaching a class or a workshop. I've got about 10 - 15 private students a week, give or take, and I enjoy each of them for different reasons.
I find I learn a lot from my students, because I find it's only when I have to break something down and explain it to someone else that I really begin to understand it fully myself.
I love teaching beginners, and I like demystifying music-making. I'm always proud when I see my students improve, and I'm always in awe of their bravery and enthusiasm.
Those are a few of the things I love about teaching.