I noticed that as a music teacher, it is always challenging to turn off my critiquing ears and mind when listening to live music, as it is my job on a daily basis to make constant assessments of the music I hear.
Recently, one of my students was playing a piece and for the first time in a very long time, I got lost in her music making; enjoying her sounds, her ease of playing, her musicality, her confidence. When she was finished playing, I was totally unprepared to be the "teacher" I was supposed to be, as she left me feeling quite amazed and completely speechless. For the first time in a long time I was simply the "listener" getting lost in her music.
After I collected my thoughts, told her about my goosebumps, the tears forming in my eyes, and the standing ovation she received from the hairs on my arms, she was beaming, just beaming with pride. She held her cheeks and said, "I am so happy right now!" This moment was such a beautiful moment for both her and I.
This is why I teach, so I can be a part of creating these incredible moments with my students that will definitely last forever in our memories!