I read an article in Flute Talk that addressed 'being teachable', and since the start of the new school year is just around the corner, I would like to explore this concept.
Keeping an open mind is key to studying music: I've had to sort through lessons with different teachers in my past where interpretive ideas on the same piece of music were exactly the opposite. I took the information away from those lessons and chose the idea that worked best for me...since it was probably not the time to say 'so and so told me to do it THIS way'. Sorting through ideas on your own post lesson might be a better way to approach different viewpoints! Sometimes those different viewpoints are offered to you since the current way of doing things is not working as well! Being teachable means preparation that is thorough and consistent...after all, you will ultimately become your OWN teacher, and learning to practice and analyze your own mistakes is the goal! It goes without saying that teachable students are prompt and have all their materials ready to go for each lesson. Here's to a great new start!