Why Teachers Fail

“Those Who Can’t Do, Teach”

-George Bernard Shaw

As someone who takes great pride in his own teaching and commitment to students, this pithy quote by George Bernard Shaw used to bother me a fair bit. I’m an accomplished violinist and an active performer. I’m dedicated to pedagogy because I suffered from bad teaching growing up and now want to help others. I spent years painstakingly dissecting every facet of violin playing in order to effectively teach it. It stung to hear teaching was the jurisdiction of the failed. Now, however, that phrase bothers me because it is 99% accurate.

Read More