I hope to have taken away some frustration you might have had and convinced you that it is an advantage for you that your teacher plays better. If your teacher doesn’t play better, it’s perhaps time to look for another teacher :).
How is it possible that your teacher plays that difficult piece on your music stand beautifully without practicing? Well, remember your teacher has more students and perhaps they play the same piece you do. Perhaps your teacher has practiced the piece in the past. Your teacher is most of the times very familiar with the pieces and books you play. If the piece is totally new to the teacher, he or she might have played something similar in the past. Your teacher is definitely not playing ‘out of the blue’.
Researchers found that students with a more positive relationship with their teacher displayed towards peers, on average, 18% more pro-social behaviour (and 10% more up to two years later), and up to 38% less aggressive behaviour (and 9% less up to four years later), over students who felt ambivalent or negative toward their teacher.
There has been a decline in children’s creativity since 1990, especially in younger children (Carlsson-Paige, 2008). We also know that other research indicates teachers believe play is an important part of their curriculum, yet they often fail to plan for play experiences and rely on their instincts in lieu of specific goals and objectives for play (Bodrova & Leong, 2004).